The h-index in Australian Astronomy

  title={The h-index in Australian Astronomy},
  author={Kevin A. Pimbblet},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia},
  pages={140 - 143}
  • K. Pimbblet
  • Published 16 March 2011
  • Physics
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Abstract The Hirsch h-index is now widely used as a metric to compare individual researchers. To evaluate it in the context of Australian astronomy, the h-index for every member of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) is found using NASA's Astrophysics Data System Bibliographic Services. Percentiles of the h-index distribution are detailed for a variety of categories of ASA members, including students. This enables a list of the top ten Australian researchers by h-index to be produced… 

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