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H-Index on the Out?

In the print issue of Chemistry World, January 2013, vol 10, n. 1, page 12 (online Nov. 27, 2012), Phillip Broadwith writes about the controversial use of the h-index to rank chemists.  The h-index was developed by Jorge Hirsch, physicist, in 2005 as an objective method to measure a researcher's productivity.   Henry Schaefer and Amy Peterson of the University of Georgia (Athens) have been using the h-index to rank chemists for the last five years.  They have garnered much criticism from the discipline.  Many believe that too much emphasis on a single metric for measuring academic productivity.  Schaefer and Peterson will cease publishing this ranking after this year.  Read it online at:  http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2012/11/h-index-rankings-stop-chemist-chemistry

 

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