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h-index

The h-index is defined as "the number of papers with citation number ≥ h , as a useful index to characterize the scientific output of a researcher" (J.E. Hirsch, 2005). For example, an h-index of 28 means there are 28 publications that have 28 citation or more for each. The h-index measures the impact of a researcher or group of researchers rather than a journal.

Tools for measuring h-index:

Limitations of h-index:

Below is a short video for you to learn about the limitations of the h-index for early career researchers: