What is it about?

Traditional bibliometrics like the h-index or basic citation counts have several limitations. A new measure by Professor Ann-Wil Harzing known as the hIa (an individual annual h-index) offers some significant improvements. This paper expands on the work of Harzing by examining the hIa in a different context. The findings confirm many of Harzing's claims for the new hIa metric. Including it's ability to offer some control for career length and academic discipline when comparing academic research output.

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Why is it important?

Despite knowledge of the weaknesses of traditional metrics such as the h-index, these measures are still used too frequently for important comparisons and decision making. Every effort should be made to improve such metrics to insure we reduce the bias in research evaluation and improve decision making. The hIa offers some promise with this.


Bibliometrics are increasingly and widely used. Examining their use in different contexts is vital to ensure they perform in the same way and at the same level.

Dr James C Ryan
United Arab Emirates University

We really do need more replication in management science. This study highlights the value that can be added by replication. Confirming the utility of the hIa for use in very different university contexts.

Dr James C Ryan
United Arab Emirates University

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This page is a summary of: A validation of the individual annual h-index (hIa): application of the hIa to a qualitatively and quantitatively different sample, Scientometrics, May 2016, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11192-016-1972-8.
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