You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

What is your h-index on Twitter? This thought crossed my mind yesterday when I saw a tweet that was tagged #academicinsults .@ChemProfCramer so, you're on Twitter, that's cool. What's its impact factor? #academicinsults — FX Coudert (@fxcoudert) September 23, 2014 It occurred to me that a Twitter account is a kind of micro-publishing platform. So […]

Blast Off!

This post is about metrics and specifically the H-index. It will probably be the first of several on this topic. I was re-reading a blog post by Alex Bateman on his affection for the H-index as a tool for evaluating up-and-coming scientists. He describes Jorge Hirsch’s H-index, its limitations and its utility quite nicely, so I […]

Give, Give, Give Me More, More, More

A recent opinion piece published in eLife bemoaned the way that citations are used to judge academics because we are not even certain of the veracity of this information. The main complaint was that Google Scholar – a service that aggregates citations to articles using a computer program – may be less-than-reliable. There are three main sources […]