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Letter to the editor: Is the h-index a mock compromise between the p-index and the z-index?

Gangan Prathap ()
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Gangan Prathap: A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University

Scientometrics, 2021, vol. 126, issue 5, No 38, 4537-4539

Abstract: Abstract The p-index was introduced as a mock h-index. However, the p-index does not recognize the citation distribution as it accounts for only two dimensions: size P, the count of papers and impact i, the specific citation impact. The z-index became a three-dimensional version by considering the third dimension of the problem: the unevenness of the citation distribution. Here, we identify four normalized citation based indicators: h/P, p/P, z/P and i/P as simple and intuitive dimensionless citation indicators where h is the Hirsch h-index, p and z-indices are those introduced subsequently and i the value of impact as measured by the ratio of citations C to publications P.

Keywords: Bibliometric databases; h-index; p-index; z-index; Dimensionless indicators (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11192-021-03928-9

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