Weapons of Mass-Citation

How can it be that a winner of the Fields Medal (the equivalent of the Nobel Price in Mathematics) has an h-index of around 7, whereas some top researchers in microbiology have an h-index of 70 or more and 500 or more ISI listed publications. There are, obviously, great differences in publication culture that account for huge differences across scientific disciplines, and even huge differences across research fields within individual disciplines. If you are interested in what some non-political scientists think about the h-index, I recommend:

The h index – help or hype?      Meyer, Veronika R.. Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials, Testing and Research, St. Gallen, Switz. Chimia (2009), 63(1-2), 66-68.

Bibliometrics as weapons of mass citation.      Molinie, Antoinette; Bodenhausen, Geoffrey. Maison de l’Archeologie et de l’Ethnologie (MAE), Universite de Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Defense, Nanterre, Fr. Chimia (2010), 64(1-2), 78-89. 

The follies of citation indices and academic ranking lists a brief commentary to ‘Bibliometrics as Weapons of Mass Citation’.      Ernst, Richard R.. Laboratorium fur Physikalische Chemie, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switz. Chimia (2010), 64(1-2), 90.

2 thoughts on “Weapons of Mass-Citation

  1. Agree in general, but the analogy between Fields Medal and Nobel Prize is problematic, because the former, just like the Clarkes medal in economics, goes to a scholar under the age of 40.
    So if you are going to compare h indices you would probably want to take slightly older mathematicians.
    That would, obviously, still not get them anywhere near the score of lab-driven research.

  2. Pingback: Indices again « Calcutta Chronicles

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