Measuring the robustness of the journal h-index with respect to publication and citation values: A Bayesian sensitivity analysis

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Abstract

Braun, Glänzel, and Schubert (2006) recommended using the h-index as an alternative to the journal impact factor (IF) to qualify journals. In this paper, a Bayesian-based sensitivity analysis is performed with the aid of mathematical models to examine the behavior of the journal h-index to changes in the publication/citation counts of journals. Sensitivity of the h-index was most apparent for changes in the number of citations, revealing similar patterns of behavior for almost all models and independently to the field of research. In general, the h-index was found to be robust to changes in citations up to approximately the 25th percentile of the citation distribution, inflating its value afterwards.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-731
JournalJournal of Informetrics
Volume10
Issue number3
Early online date10 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

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