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August 29, 2014


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Just one nitpick: Anderson's rankings seem to be by an average of the H-5 Index and H-5 Median (the middle number of cites per article among those articles in the H-5 index). So, it's not exactly a straight up H-5 ranking or one with median as a tie breaker (as Google Scholar seems to do). If you compare U Penn's ranking in the Google Scholar rank with its rank in Anderson's method, you will see what I mean.

As for whether doing it this way is better than Google Scholar's normal method, I'm not sure. An average of the median seems to undo some of the benefits of h-indexing in the first place (namely, to minimize outsized citation effects of a small number of articles on a journal's rank).

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