Maryam Hashemian
Maryam Hashemian
MD, PhD
National Cancer Institue
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rockville , MD, United States

Does H-index reflect the quality of researchers?

Do you think h index is an appropriate index to evaluate a researcher? What alternative do you suggest?
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Dr. Habibollah Turki
Dr. Habibollah Turki
PhD
Infectious & Tropical Diseases Research Center , Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran
Associate Professor
bandar abbas, Hormozgan
1mon ago
The h index is important, but not enough to fully assess the researcher. In addition, the indicators that indicate the academic rank and the duration of the research activity should be considered in the researcher's assessment.
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Dr. Abbas Smiley
Dr. Abbas Smiley
MD, MSc, PhD (ABD)
Indiana University in Bloomington
I think it does as the evidence in different fields is showing that, The following articles are some examples:

Bertoli-Barsotti L, Lando T. The h-index as an almost-exact function of some
basic statistics. Scientometrics. 2017;113(2):1209-1228. doi:
10.1007/s11192-017-2508-6. Epub 2017 Sep 9. PubMed PMID: 29081557; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC5640781.

Bunting AC, Alavifard S, Walker B, Miller DR, Ramsay T, Boet S. Research
Productivity and Rankings of Anesthesiology Departments in Canada and the United
States: The Relationship Between the h-Index and Other Common Metrics
[RETRACTED]. Anesth Analg. 2018 Mar 5. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002508. [Epub
ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28961558.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-index

Hunt GE, Cleary M, Walter G. Psychiatry and the Hirsch h-index: The
relationship between journal impact factors and accrued citations. Harv Rev
Psychiatry. 2010 Jul-Aug;18(4):207-19. doi: 10.3109/10673229.2010.493742. Review.
PubMed PMID: 20597591.
1mon ago
 Nsenga Kumwimba Mathieu
Nsenga Kumwimba Mathieu
PhD
Key Laboratory of Mountain Surface Processes and Ecological Regulation
Associate Professor
Beijing, Beijing, China
1mon ago
I think, h index is not an appropriate index to assess a researcher. For instance, a paper could be regularly cited because other researchers are refuting its results. Generally, big research groups in some fields can generate many original research articles, each article with dozens or hundreds of authors. People of these research groups would often display extremely high impact metrics that could not truthfully reveal their individual prominence within the area.
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Margaret Maimbolwa
Margaret Maimbolwa
University of Zambia School of Medicine
The H Index is the best way of assessing the researcher as in cases where the researcher is just described orally or by paper without seing exactly what was done it becomes bias.
1mon ago
Dr. Robert Rahimi
Dr. Robert Rahimi
MD, MSCR
Baylor University Medical Center
Assistant Professor
Dallas, Texas, United States
1mon ago
The h-index is important as it demonstrates the quality and not quantity of the researcher (3 big studies in nature or science or NEJM would likely yield a higher h index rather than 25 studies in lower impact journals) however h index increases with more time if continued research is done (i.e. a professor should have a higher score vs an assistant professor)
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Dr. Farah Zahir
Dr. Farah Zahir
PhD
University of British Columbia
Canada
1mon ago
I don't think its a good measure of a researcher. There's a bias toward big studies that get cited numerous times..for example if you are a scientist working in an institute that is a contributor to large scale sequencing projects, you will be one of the usually dozens of authors on the paper, and you will likely get cited thousands of times. But your contirbution to the overall project may be less than another researcher who is one of a small team that did a much bigger segment of work on a smaller project, albeit published in a lower impact factor journal and not cited as much.
But it's better than just looking at impact factor of the journals so there is some benefit to it. I think the above problem should be sorted out though.
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Dr. Dumitru A Iacobas
Dr. Dumitru A Iacobas
PhD
Prairie View A&M University
Research Professor
Prairie View, TX, United States
1mon ago
Personally, I would prefer an index in which papers are weighted to account for the impact factor of the journal, number of co-authors and position in the authors' list. For instance, a 2017 paper in a journal with the impact factor "IF", and "n" authors should count as "IF/n" multiplied by 3 for the first author, by 2 for the last author and by 1 for each other author. If the first or last position is shared by two or more authors, than the 3 or 2 points should be divided accordingly. For journals with no impact factor, one can consider a flat IF = 0.1. Thus, all your papers will be included, the audience of the journal considered and your direct contribution to that paper acknowledged. It will limit the courtesy authorship offered to "important" people or addition of lab students and other members with no contribution just because the PI needs to show what a good supervisor s/he is.
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Dr. Wirote Tuntiwechapikul
Dr. Wirote Tuntiwechapikul
PhD
Chiang Mai University
Associate Professor
Muang Chiang Mai, Thailand
1mon ago
I do not know how exactly the h-index is calculated. If all authors in the paper are awarded equally, the h-index might not represent the quality of researchers.
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Prof Dr Mustafa Yavuz Koker
Prof Dr Mustafa Yavuz Koker
MD, PhD
University of Erciyes
I agree .There could be another index reflecting only citiation for corresponding author. ?f you are not corresponding author or first name in the publication or senior (last name in the pub) it should be eliminated from the list.
1mon ago
Dr. jalal azadmanjiri
Dr. jalal azadmanjiri
PhD
Monash University
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1mon ago
In my opinion, h-index is the main parameter that could evaluate the quality of a researcher. Because it is directly related to the research publications and some other outcomes of a researcher.
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Dr. Mahmoud M Elhaig
Dr. Mahmoud M Elhaig
Ph D
Suez Canal University
Ismailia, Ismailia, Egypt
1mon ago
YES, you're right, this point is important for many researchers particularly who are at the beginning of their research career. I think a researcher who has high a H index we can consider their works and we can count on his school
but not all H indexes are real because some companies count H index through many fake journals so we must be ensure the source of H index before considering it
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Dr. Abhijit Mitra
Dr. Abhijit Mitra
PhD
UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, India
3weeks ago

H index is a function of IF of the journal, but journal with very high IF hardly reaches the common mass and Ground Zero level. Can any body tell that what is the ultimate aim of Science? I think the only one answer is Societal Benefit and upgradation of Civilization. I believe H index does not address to them directly.. its a figure of one researcher, based on some very theoretical research, and may take long time to hit the Ground level.

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Dr Miltonprabu
Dr Miltonprabu
PhD
University of Madras
Assistant Professor(SG)
chennai, India/tamilnadu/chennai, India
3weeks ago

The h-index is a creator level metric that endeavors to quantify both the profitability and reference effect of the distributions of a researcher or researcher. The record depends on the arrangement of the researcher's most referred to papers and the quantity of references that they have gotten in different productions.So it really reflects the quality of a researcher.

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Dr. Sepideh Khodaverdi
Dr. Sepideh Khodaverdi
MD
Iran University of Medical Sciences
Proffesor(assistant)
Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
1mon ago
In my opinion, H- index can be one of the tools for measuring the quality of researchers, but it's not enough alone. It is also important whether researches that have been done by a researcher are on a continuum or not.
Dr Pasquale Pagliaro
Dr Pasquale Pagliaro
MD, PhD
University of Torino
1mon ago
The h-index is a good index, but in many fields it is not appropeiate. In biomedical fields the number of articles as first, last and/or corresponding authors may be a bettere index of quality of researchers.
Mr. Ajay Kumar
Mr. Ajay Kumar
PhD
Himachal Pradesh University
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
1mon ago
The h index is important, but not enough to fully assess the researcher but not is the sole criterion to reflect the quality of researches
Mr.  Shutao Wang
Mr. Shutao Wang
PhD
ETH Zurich
Mr.
Zürich, Kanton Zürich, Switzerland
1mon ago
If we want to go further, for example, as a professor at the end, the higher value of the H index, the better future for us will be, or the more chance for the future job in academy area.
Prof. Abdel-Tawab H Mossa
Prof. Abdel-Tawab H Mossa
Ph.D.
National Research Centre
Cairo, Dokki, Egypt
1mon ago
No
h-index is not appropriate index to evaluate a researcher.
Some points
mokrani slimane
mokrani slimane
phD
Bejaia university
Bejaia, bejaia, Algeria
1mon ago
Certainly y think so
Dr NSENGA KUMWIMBA MATHIEU
Dr NSENGA KUMWIMBA MATHIEU
PhD
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Assistant Professor
Beijing, Beijing, China
1mon ago
As far as I'm concerned, h index is not an appropriate index to assess a researcher. For instance, a paper could be regularly cited because other researchers are refuting its results. Generally, big research groups in some fields can generate many original research articles, each article with dozens or hundreds of authors. People of these research groups would often display extremely high impact metrics that could not truthfully reveal their individual prominence within the area.
Dr Jehan Suleiman
Dr Jehan Suleiman
MD FRACP PhD
University of Sydney
Australia
1mon ago
Interesting to see the variable responses on this.
I agree it must have to do with wuality NOT quantity (impact factor citations etc).
Dr. Tapas Kumar Sar
Dr. Tapas Kumar Sar
PhD
West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences
Assistant Professor
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
1mon ago
H- index is a good measurment of research performance, but it is not the only measurement because the application part of the research works may not be evaluated by H-index only.
Professor  Haitham Torky
Professor Haitham Torky
M.D.
6th October University
Professor
Cairo, Egypt
1mon ago
Unfortunately it is not accurate especially for researchers publishing plenty of papers. I think that a special score should be done taking into account both the quality of work and the reputation (including impact factor) of the journal.
Antonio Simone Laganà
Antonio Simone Laganà
MD
University of Insubria
Medical Doctor
Varese, Italy
1mon ago
Actually, H-index is a good measurement of research performance.
Probably not the best one, but it plays a key role to have a clear evaluation of the researcher.
Dr. Chunming Cheng
Dr. Chunming Cheng
PhD
The Ohio State University
Senior Research Associate
Columbus, OH, United States
1mon ago
Before we discuss the appropriate index to evaluate a researcher, we need make a conclusion what kinds of researcher is good ones. Good publications? good application of their research? or a lots honors from them? Actually, all information are used to evaluate a research.
Dr Ibrahim Alghoraibi
Dr Ibrahim Alghoraibi
PhD
​Physics Department/ Damascus University
Assistant Professor
damascus, damascus, Syia
1mon ago
I think H index, reflecting the academic and scientific quality of the researcher and his production capacity. H index is the result of the balance between the number of publications and the number of citations.
Dr. Sriram Seshadri
Dr. Sriram Seshadri
PhD
Institute of Science, Nirma University
Academic Coordinator
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
1mon ago
H index is a good parameter to evaluate the quality of a researcher. However, the index also depends upon the citation for each paper. There are many excellent papers with no citation. Hence, it cannon be the only criteria to evaluate the quality of researcher.
Dr. Zhigang Cheng
Dr. Zhigang Cheng
MD, PhD
Xiangya Hosptial, Central South University
Changsha, Hunan, China
1mon ago
H index is a parameter that could evaluate the quality of a researcher, but it is not the only measurement the only criteria to evaluate the quality of researcher.
Dr. Maria Angeles Pajares
Dr. Maria Angeles Pajares
PhD
Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CSIC)
Madrid, Spain
1mon ago
No. It is influenced by age, among others.
Prof Dr Mustafa Yavuz Koker
Prof Dr Mustafa Yavuz Koker
MD, PhD
University of Erciyes
Department of Immunology
Kayseri , Turkey
1mon ago
There could be another index reflecting only citiation for corresponding author. If you are not corresponding author or first name in the publication or senior (last name in the pub) it should be eliminated from the list.
Abdelaziz CHELIGHOUM
Abdelaziz CHELIGHOUM
university
professor
Souk-Ahras, Taoura, Algeria
1mon ago
Normalement, oui. cependant, la vrai valeur d'un charcheur est la qualité de ses recherches et son niveau intellectuelle; il se peut que quelqu'un est un très bon chercheur néanmoins, le manque de moyens le déclasse.
Merci
Mr HARISHCHANDER ANANDARAM
Mr HARISHCHANDER ANANDARAM
PhD
Research Associate
Bioinformatician
CHENNAI, TAMILNADU, India
1mon ago
Apart from H index i feel that i10 index should be used to evaluate the impact of corresponding author.
Dr  Olga Ellina
Dr Olga Ellina
MD PhD
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Greece
1mon ago
PERHAPS,the h-index might not represent the quality of researchers. MAYBE THERE SHOYLD BE OTHER PARAMETERS THAT CAN EVALUATE THE RESEATCHERS, TILL THEN WE HAVE THIS INDEX.
Anthony Cemaluk C Egbuonu
Anthony Cemaluk C Egbuonu
Ph.D
Department of Biochemistry, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike
Professor (Associate)
Umudike, Abia/SouthEast, Nigeria
1mon ago
Not entirely, reflective of the quality of researchers or appropriate index for evaluating a researcher. Rate of citation is not quality indicator. Besides, h-index could be influenced by self-citation.
Maysam Fadaei-kenarsary
Maysam Fadaei-kenarsary
M.Phil
Kerman Neuroscience Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, I.R.Iran
PhD by Research Student n Neurosciences
Kerman, Kerman, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
1mon ago
H-index could be useful in Scientometrics but it is not a careful nor a complete indicator of quality.
Dr Chrysanthus Chukwuma Sr
Dr Chrysanthus Chukwuma Sr
AB, MA, MD, PhD, DSc
University of Oulu and Oulu City Hospital
Finland
1mon ago
the h-index must incorporate the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary characteristics of the study conducted by the researcher to enhance the probative value.
Prof. Nagwa Mostafa El-Sayed
Prof. Nagwa Mostafa El-Sayed
MD
Research Institute of Ophthalmology
Professor
Giza, Cairo, Egypt
1mon ago


H-index is a useful tool
for scientists to analyze the impact of their academic work, 
but it is not enough alone to
evaluate the researchers.

Dr. Sriram Seshadri
Dr. Sriram Seshadri
PhD
Institute of Science, Nirma University
Academic Coordinator
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
3weeks ago

H-index, although is a good indicator about the quality of researcher. But it is also based on the citation per paper which basically influences this score. Hence H-Index cannot be the sole criteria to determine the quality of a researcher.

Zahra Pezeshki
Zahra Pezeshki
MD
Shahrood University of Technology
Master holder in Electronic integrated circuits
Mashhad, Razavi-Khorasan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
3weeks ago
I think H-index is necessary, but it is not the only index and characteristic for assessing the journals. 
Dr. Srikanta Kumar Rath
Dr. Srikanta Kumar Rath
PhD
CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute
Senior Principal Scientist & Professor
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3weeks ago

h index is a good parameter but certainly not enough to evaluate a researcher. We have to consider the area in which  the researcher is working and how long he/she is working. Furthermore, the frequency of publishing is important and good publications take time. As Less number of publications will give less h index, we can not consider h index is appropriate index to evaluate a researcher.

Dr. Sourav S Patnaik
Dr. Sourav S Patnaik
PhD
University of Texas at San Antonio
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
San Antonio, Texas, United States
3weeks ago

Focus should be on work, not numbers. 

Dr Nesreen El Mekawy
Dr Nesreen El Mekawy
PhD
Associate Professor of Prosthodontics , Faculty of Dentistry - Mansoura University
Associate Professor of Prosthodontics
Mansoura, Dakahlia, Egypt
2weeks ago

The h index is important, but not enough to fully assess the researcher. 

Dr Alfredo I Servín-Caamaño
Dr Alfredo I Servín-Caamaño
Md
Hospital general de mexico
Dr
Mexico city, Mexico, Mexico
1week ago

Is important but not is all , is part of mayor cv

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