Pediatric Academic Productivity: Pediatric Benchmarks for the h- and g-Indices

Megan M. Tschudy, Tashi L. Rowe, George J. Dover, Tina L. Cheng

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Objective To describe h- and g-indices benchmarks in pediatric subspecialties and general academic pediatrics. Academic productivity is measured increasingly through bibliometrics that derive a statistical enumeration of academic output and impact. The h- and g-indices incorporate the number of publications and citations. Benchmarks for pediatrics have not been reported. Study design Thirty programs were selected randomly from pediatric residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The h- and g-indices of department chairs were calculated. For general academic pediatrics, pediatric gastroenterology, and pediatric nephrology, a random sample of 30 programs with fellowships were selected. Within each program, an MD faculty member from each academic rank was selected randomly. Google Scholar via Harzing's Publish or Perish was used to calculate the h-index, g-index, and total manuscripts. Only peer-reviewed and English language publications were included. For Chairs, calculations from Google Scholar were compared with Scopus. Results For all specialties, the mean h- and g-indices significantly increased with academic rank (all P <.05) with the greatest h-indices among Chairs. The h- and g-indices were not statistically different between specialty groups of the same rank; however, mean rank h-indices had large SDs. The h-index calculation using different bibliographic databases only differed by ±1. Conclusion Mean h-indices increased with academic rank and were not significantly different across the pediatric specialties. Benchmarks for h- and g-indices in pediatrics are provided and may be one measure of academic productivity and impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-276
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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