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The h-index was proposed by Jorge E. Hirsch, a physicist at UC San Diego, in 2005. It means that the author has published at least h papers that have each received at least h citations.
- Grant applications
- CVs or online profiles
- Tenure & promotion
- Ignores highly cited papers
- Disparities between disciplines
- Disparities between scholars at different career stages
- Varies based on the platform used to calculate it
- Easy to manipulate through self-citation
- Citations do not measure quality
Useful for tracing citations forward to find newer sources, finding open-access copies of articles, and bibliometrics
Scopus, owned by Elsevier, offers some free tools for bibliometrics, including author and journal lookups
Both popular social media sites (Facebook, Twitter) and academic social media sites (ResearchGate, Academia.edu) can be powerful tools for sharing your work. Here are some resources related to sharing on social media: