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Title: The influence of missing publications on the Hirsch index
Authors: ROUSSEAU, Ronald 
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Source: JOURNAL OF INFORMETRICS, 1(1). p. 2-7
Abstract: We show that usually the influence on the Hirsch index of missing highly cited articles is much smaller than the number of missing articles. This statement is shown by a combinatorial argument. We further show, by using a continuous power law model, that the influence of missing articles is largest when the total number of publications is small, and non-existing when the number of publications is very large. The same conclusion can be drawn for missing citations. Hence, the h-index is resilient to missing articles and to missing citations. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Notes: KHBO, Assoc KU Leuven, Dept Ind Sci & Technol, B-8400 Oostende, Belgium. Univ Antwerp, IBW, B-2610 Antwerp, Belgium. Hasselt Univ, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.
Keywords: Hirsch index; influence of missing data; power law model; robustness
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/8485
ISSN: 1751-1577
e-ISSN: 1875-5879
DOI: 10.1016/j.joi.2006.05.001
ISI #: 000253974300002
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2009
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