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A new parameter for (normalized) evaluation of H-index: countries as a case study

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Montazerian, Maziar [1, 2] ; Zanotto, Edgar Dutra [1, 2] ; Eckert, Hellmut [3, 2]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Fed Univ Sao Carlos UFSCar, Dept Mat Engn DEMa, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Fed Univ Sao Carlos UFSCar, Ctr Res Technol & Educ Vitreous Mat CeRTEV, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Phys, BR-13560970 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: SCIENTOMETRICS; v. 118, n. 3, p. 1065-1078, MAR 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

It is known that the H-indexes of individuals, research groups, institutions, scientific journals, and countries strongly depend on the field of study, slowly increase with the number of publications, N, and can be described by empirical power-law functions of the type H=CxN(a) (C and a are constants and depend on the specific field being analyzed). In this paper, we use this function and propose a new index {[}Montazerian-Zanotto-Eckert (MZE)], which is normalized by the number of publications and typically varies from -1 to +1, to characterize the relative standing of a research group, institution, or author to those of his/her peer groups. Due to the rich statistics available, as an example, here we analyzed and tested the new parameter against the citation-related performance (H-index) of countries. We found that the MZE index readily distinguishes between countries that stand above or below the average (for any given number of publications). Generally, publications of countries with a positive MZE index are more interesting or visible than the average. Analyzing publication output in this manner instead of the H-index allows for a less biased comparison between researchers, journals, universities, or countries for any particular combination of H-index and publication output. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/13314-9 - Development and characterization of tough bioactive glass-ceramics
Grantee:Maziar Montazerian
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/07793-6 - CEPIV - Center for Teaching, Research and Innovation in Glass
Grantee:Edgar Dutra Zanotto
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC