Fairer citation based metrics

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I describe a simple modification which can be applied to any citation count based index (e.g. Hirsch’s h-index) quantifying a researcher’s publication output. The key idea behind the proposed approach is that the merit for the citations of a paper should be distributed amongst its authors according to their relative contributions. In addition to producing inherently fairer metrics I show that the proposed modification has the potential to normalize partially for the unfair effects of honorary authorship and thus discourage this practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-169
Number of pages7
JournalPublishing Research Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date7 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016


  • Publication
  • Index
  • Quantification
  • Research
  • Output


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