The h-index is a popular bibliometric performance indicator. We discuss a fundamental problem of the h-index. We refer to this problem as the problem of inconsistency. There turns out to be a very simple bibliometric indicator that has similar properties as the h-index and that does not suffer from the inconsistency problem. We argue that the use of this indicator is preferable over the use of the h-index.

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Keywords bibliometric indicator, consistency, h-index, highly cited publications
JEL Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data (jel C81), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Production Management (jel M11), Transportation Systems (jel R4)
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/16556
Series ERIM Report Series Research in Management
Journal ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Citation
Waltman, L, & van Eck, N.J.P. (2009). A simple alternative to the h-index (No. ERS-2009-043-LIS). ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/16556