What is the genesis of any scientific research? No prize for guessing as very few would contradict the purpose of any invention is always focused towards the betterment of human civilization. Developing a manuscript which could lead to the prototype for a new, innovative product is a consequence of thorough research and development.
How to evaluate the worth of a scientific research that could potentially lead to ground breaking discovery in the chosen field? The journal impact factor is the conventional approach of ranking journals in a sequential order of significance. However, this method has received a lot of criticism.
What is H-index?
In 2005, Jorge E. Hirsch, a Professor of physics at University of California, San Diego [UCSD], explored the indexing method for the first time for evaluating both the quality and magnitude of a scientist’s contribution through published works. As a measuring medium, hi-index is also called Hirsch number or Hirsch index.
Hi-index is a reliable guide for determining how prolific a scientist is and whether the manuscript is worthy of notable mention. The h-index consists of taking a count of the scientific output of an individual. Numerical expression makes it easier to evaluate the worth of the researched work.
The index is propounded on the basis of certain factors. Papers with high citation numbers prominently figure in the h-index. It also focuses on the number of creative contributions and the impact factor for a section of scientists such those involved in a university or department or academic journal. The index, thus, focuses on the published work of a scientist, with equal emphasis on both the quality and volume of work.
What should be done to ensure h-index rating?
Taking a count for the number of citations as a method for evaluating research work has met with some criticism because experts reckon that this process is still in the infancy stage. The published work does not entirely revolve around citation. It has more to it than mere citation. Many well-researched products have gained acceptance and due credit without depending on citation counts. Distinguished scholars in The Netherlands, known as Science in Transition, have expressed the propagation of a justifiable, valid, comprehensive and open science culture. Although, hi-index is an important parameter for judging authentic work, many experts believe it cannot be the sole criteria for assessing the best work.
In this scenario, you can do self-analysis of your own work. One of the better ways to judge your work is to visualize how your invention can impact the lives of human beings. Delve deep into the scientific research and develop the manuscript that should bring optimum results. Target the journal that is best suited for your work and has a larger reach in terms of the intended audience.