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What is H-Index and how to calculate it?

What is H-Index and how to calculate it? 

Do you know how impact it on your article statics matrics?

H-Index a New area of Article Citation Metrics. What is the genesis of any scientific research? No prize for guessing as very few would contradict the purpose of any invention is always focused towards the betterment of human civilization. Developing a manuscript which could lead to the prototype for a new, innovative product is a consequence of thorough research and development.

How to evaluate the worth of a scientific research that could potentially lead to groundbreaking discovery in the chosen field? The journal impact factor is the conventional approach of ranking journals in a sequential order of significance. However, this method has received a lot of criticism.

What is H-index?

In 2005, Jorge E. Hirsch, a Professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego [UCSD], explored the indexing method for the first time for evaluating both the quality and magnitude of a scientist’s contribution through published works. As a measuring medium, hi-index is also called Hirsch number or Hirsch index.

Hi-index is a reliable guide for determining how prolific a scientist is and whether the manuscript is worthy of notable mention. The h-index consists of taking a count of the scientific output of an individual. The numerical expression makes it easier to evaluate the worth of the researched work.

The index is propounded on the basis of certain factors. Papers with high citation numbers prominently figure in the h-index. It also focuses on the number of creative contributions and the impact factor for a section of scientists such as those involved in a university or department or academic journal. The index, thus, focuses on the published work of a scientist, with equal emphasis on both the quality and volume of work.

What should be done to ensure a high h-index rating?

Taking a count for the number of citations as a method for evaluating research work has met with some criticism because experts reckon that this process is still in the infancy stage. The published work does not entirely revolve around citation. It has more to it than a mere citation. Many well-researched products have gained acceptance and due credit without depending on citation counts. Distinguished scholars in The Netherlands, known as Science in Transition, have expressed the propagation of a justifiable, valid, comprehensive and open science culture. Although hi-index is an important parameter for judging authentic work, many experts believe it cannot be the sole criteria for assessing the best work.

In this scenario, you can do a self-analysis of your own work. One of the better ways to judge your work is to visualize how your invention can impact the lives of human beings. Delve deep into the scientific research and develop the manuscript that should bring optimum results. Target the journal that is best suited for your work and has a larger reach in terms of the intended audience.

How to calculate H-Index?

It is very easy to understand how to calculate H-Index. Let take an example of IJPRS journal. The above image shows that it has 11 H-Index. IT means that the journal has 11 articles which were cited 11 times for each of that articles. The higher H-Index not only clear the quality of work done by the authors but also clear how much that article was popular worldwide. The popularity of research work done by the authors can only be understood by how much the article has its own H-Index.

How to improve H-Index?

It’s very easy to understand from the above discussion that how the author can improve it’s articles H-Index. The simple answer is

“The more he shares his research work worldwide the more he get H-Index”

The internet is a spider. The author must have to update all his/her colleague to show his work by just sharing his article to their common discussion forum. He must also share it with his google scholar, researchgate, Academia.edu & list of many more.

The above discussion may possible that still have many points which need to be discussed.

What do you think about H-Index? Please comment or suggest any other clear concept you have.

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