A New Index for the Citation Curve of Researchers

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Claes Wohlin
Title: A New Index for the Citation Curve of Researchers
Journal: Scientometrics
Year: 2009
Volume: 81
Issue: 2
Pagination: 521-533
ISSN: 0138-9130
Publisher: Springer
URI/DOI: 10.1007/s11192-008-2155-z
ISI number: 000270979000016
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail: Claes.Wohlin@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Internet has made it possible to move towards researcher and article impact instead of solely focusing on journal impact. To support citation measurement, several indexes have been proposed, including the h–index. The h–index provides a point estimate. To address this, a new index is
proposed that takes the citation curve of a researcher into account. This article introduces the index, illustrates its use and compares it to rankings based on the h–index as well as rankings based on publications. It is concluded that the new index provides an added value, since it balances citations and publications through the citation curve.
Subject: Mathematics\Probability and Statistics
Keywords: impact factor, citation analysis, h–index, g–index, Hirsch, w–index