Rational (successive) h-indices: An application to economics in the Republic of Ireland

@article{Ruane2007RationalH,
  title={Rational (successive) h-indices: An application to economics in the Republic of Ireland},
  author={Frances P. Ruane and Richard S. J. Tol},
  journal={Scientometrics},
  year={2007},
  volume={75},
  pages={395-405}
}
We rank economics departments in the Republic of Ireland according to the number of publications, number of citations, and successive h-index of research-active staff. We increase the discriminatory power of the h1-index by introducing three generalizations, each of which is a rational number. The first (h1+) measures the excess over the actual h-index, while the other two (h1*, h1Δ) measures the distance to the next h-index. At the individual level, h* and hΔ coincide while h+ is undefined. 
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