Journal of Scientometric Research, 2016, 5, 2, 135-147.
Published: September 2016
Type: Research Article
Rosy Jan, Aaqib Mir, Ryhana Assad
Department of Library and Information Science University of Kashmir, INDIA.
Impact factors and citation indices are used to evaluate the impact Research publications. There are several citation indices that are proposed and existed to assess the value of a research publication or the research impact of an author or a journal. In this paper, a survey of selected (evolutionary basis) citation indices is conducted to evaluate them. Using examples, we demonstrated some of the limitations and problems with those indices. It is observed that h-index and m-quotient fails to differentiate among the authors having different citation count and hit papers. The flaw is rectified by A-index, M-index and R-index. A-index more closely ranks the authors on the basis of hit papers and highest no. of Average Citation per Paper (ACPP). Thus among the selected citation indices A-index is considered as best to rank the authors on the basis of their hit contributions in the field. However the study is open to future research by putting more and recently evolved citation indices into test and comparison within the researchers of same field or from diverse fields. There is a need for more sensitive and comprehensive citation indices that can take into considerations all the factors that may impact a research publication or author and looks beyond the h-core.