Understanding bibliometric parameters and analysis

Asim F. Choudhri, Adeel Siddiqui, Nickalus R. Khan, Harris L. Cohen

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Bibliometric parameters have become an important part of modern assessment of academic productivity. These parameters exist for the purpose of evaluating authors (publication count, citation count, h-index, m-quotient, hc-index, e-index, g-index, i-10 [i-n] index) and journals (impact factor, Eigenfactor, article infuence score, SC Imago journal rank, source-normalized impact per paper). Although in recent years there has been a proliferation of bibliometric parameters, the true meaning and appropriate use of these parameters is generally not well understood. Effective use of existing and emerging bibliometric tools can aid in assessment of academic productivity, including readiness for promotions and other awards. However, if not properly understood, the data can be misinterpreted and may be subject to manipulation. Familiarity with bibliometric parameters will aid in their effective implementation in the review of authors—whether individuals or groups—and journals, as well as their possible use in the promotions review process, maximizing the effectiveness of bibliometric analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)736-746
Number of pages11
JournalRadiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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