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An h index for Mendeley: comparison of citation-based h indices and a readership-based hmen index for 29 authors

Johanna M. Askeridis ()
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Johanna M. Askeridis: Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Scientometrics, 2018, vol. 117, issue 1, 615-624

Abstract: Abstract As Mendeley readership counts seems to be the most closely related to citation counts in comparison to other altmetrics, this paper proposes the hmen index as a variant of the citation-based h index which takes into account Mendeley readership counts. For 29 authors—11 of which are considered as young and 18 as established authors—the h values for Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) and the hmen value for Mendeley have been derived. In order to find out about the reliability of the hmen index as an indicator to assess scholarly impact, a correlation analysis between the indices has been conducted. Furthermore, the index values were divided by the scientific ages of the authors in order to obtain time-oriented h and hmen values which make a comparison of authors with different scientific ages possible. The hmen index was found to have very strong positive and highly significant correlations of around 0.95 with each of the h indices. Time-oriented values showed the faster reception of scientific work via Mendeley in comparison to citation counts and revealed exceptional authors who were found to have rather young scientific ages.

Keywords: h index; Citation; Readership; Mendeley; Scientific age (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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