Ok, we all know about h-index nowadays. Here is another index, which, according to the authors of this paper [1], published in Science, measures individual scientific impact. This is now Q-index, which not only predicts h-index and cumulative citations, but also prizes, according to the abstract.

This paper (as many many others by Albert-László Barabási) is a total fun to read. It is also important that now we have more than one measure. It would be even more wonderful to have also A-index, B-index, etc… so that those that are so desperate to have a numerical metric to evaluate scientific output of a researcher would be finally lost among multiple and not obvious choices.

[1]  Quantifying the evolution of individual scientific impact by R. Sinatra, D. Wang, P. Deville, C. Song, and A.-L. Barabási, Science, Vol. 354, Issue 6312, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf5239


About Artem Novozhilov

I am an applied mathematician interested in studying various evolutionary processes by means of mathematical models. More on my professional activities can be found on my page https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~novozhil/
This entry was posted in Around mathematics, Career, Publishing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s