H-index: points to note

As we know, publications and research patterns can vary from subject to subject. Therefore you should always compare like with like, for example researchers with research in the same field!

The value of the h-index will depend on the length of time that an individual researcher has been publishing, so a young researcher would not be expected to have a strong h-index. The h-index value will also depend on the tool used. Not all tools (databases) have the same depth of coverage and include the same range of publications, for example some will only cover journals and exclude monographs (books), book chapters, conference papers and reports.

We have short video interview with Porfessor Padraig Cunningahm, School of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin. He outlines the basis of the h-index calculation and why it is not a usable metric for early career researchers in Computer Science and in general.

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