Is it time to bury the h-index?

Ian Rowlands hammers another nail into the h-index's coffin by explaining how it actually brings nothing new to the table and by showing how chance determines its outcome. The poor old h-index has come in for a lot of criticism recently, with a flood of papers pointing to its conceptual and practical shortcomings.  Is it time to …

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Responsible use of metrics: an evaluative framework is essential, but cannot be grounded in informetric research – Guest post by Henk Moed

In this post Prof. Henk Moed outlines why the term evaluative framework refers to a specification of the qualitative principles and considerations that provide guidance to a concrete assessment process. In her latest blog post: There’s no such thing as a bad metric, Lizzie Gadd calls on those who feel committed to the responsible use …

SciVal’s Field weighted citation impact: Sample size matters!

SciVal’s field-weighted citation impact (FWCI) is an article-level metric that takes the form of a simple ratio: actual citations to a given output divided by the expected rate for outputs of similar age, subject and publication type.  FWCI has the dual merits of simplicity and ease of interpretation: a value of 2 indicates that an …