Applying successive H indices in the institutional evaluation: a case study

Arencibia Jorge, Ricardo and Barrios Almaguer, Ismaray and Fernandez Hernandez, Sandra and Carvajal Espino, Rachel Applying successive H indices in the institutional evaluation: a case study. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2008, vol. 59, n. 1, pp. 155-157. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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English abstract

The present work shows the applying of successive H indices in the evaluation of a scientific institution, using the researcher-department-institution hierarchy as level of aggregation. The scientific production covered by the Web of Science of the researcher's staff from the Cuban National Scientific Research Center, during the period 2001-2005, was studied. The Hirsch index (h-index; J.E. Hirsch, 2005) was employed to calculate the individual performance of the staff, using the g-index created by Leo Egghe (2006) and the A-index developed by Jin Bi-Hui (2006) as complementary indicators. The successive H indices proposed by András Schubert (2007) were used to determine the scientific performance of each department as well as the general performance of the institution. The possible advantages of the method for the institutional evaluation processes were exposed.

Spanish abstract

El presente trabajo muestra la aplicación de índices H sucesivos en la evaluación de una institución científica, usando la jerarquía investigador-departamento-instituto como nivel de agregación. Se estudió la producción científica en el Web of Science del claustro de investigadores del Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas de la República de Cuba, durante el período 2001-2005. Se empleó el índice Hirsch o índice-H para el cálculo del rendimiento individual del claustro, utilizando el índice-G creado por Leo Egge y el índice-A desarrollado por Jin Bi-Hui como indicadores complementarios. Los índices H sucesivos propuestos por András Schubert fueron empleados para determinar el rendimiento científico de cada departamento, así como el rendimiento general de la institución. Se expusieron las posibles ventajas del método en los procesos de evaluación institucional.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Hirsch index, successive H indices, scientific performance, institucional evaluation, indice Hirsch, índices H sucesivos, rendimiento científico, evaluación institucional.
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Ricardo Arencibia
Date deposited: 22 May 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:11


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