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A simple method for excluding self-citation from the h-index: the b-index.

Brown, R J C (2009) A simple method for excluding self-citation from the h-index: the b-index. Online Information Review, 33 (6). pp. 1129-1136.

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Abstract

A novel method for excluding self-citation from h-index values, based on the assumption that relative self-citation rate is constant across an author's publications, and that the citation profile of a set of papers follows a Zipfian distribution, is presented. This value, called the b-index, does not require an extensive analysis of the self-citation rates of individual papers to produce, and appropriately shows the biggest numerical decreases, as compared to the corresponding h-index, for very high self-citers. It is shown that the b-index is simply equal to the integer value of the author's genuine citation rate (non-self-citations) to the power one quarter, multiplied by their h-index.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: h-index, citation, self-citation, peer-reviewed publications, bibliometrics
Subjects: Analytical Science
Analytical Science > Trace Analysis and Electrochemistry
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2018 13:41
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/4544

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