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How to count citations if you must

By Motty Perry and Philip J. Reny

Abstract

Citation indices are regularly used to inform critical decisions about promotion, tenure, and the allocation of billions of research dollars. Nevertheless, most indices (e.g., the h-index) are motivated by intuition and rules of thumb, resulting in undesirable conclusions. In contrast, five natural properties lead us to a unique new index, the Euclidean index, that avoids several shortcomings of the h-index and its successors. The Euclidean index is simply the Euclidean length of an individual's citation list. Two empirical tests suggest that the Euclidean index outperforms the h-index in practice.\u

Topics: QA, ZA
Publisher: American Economic Association
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:82103

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