ERIC Number: EJ914410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
Evaluating Journal Quality: Is the H-Index a Better Measure than Impact Factors?
Hodge, David R.; Lacasse, Jeffrey R.
Research on Social Work Practice, v21 n2 p222-230 Mar 2011
Objectives: This study evaluates the utility of a new measure--the h-index--that may provide a more valid approach to evaluating journal quality in the social work profession. Method: H-index values are compared with Thomson ISI 5-year impact factors and expert opinion. Results: As hypothesized, the h-index correlates highly with ISI 5-year impact factors; but exhibits closer agreement with expert opinion, particularly with high familiarity disciplinary journals. Conclusions: This evidence of convergent and discriminatory validity suggests that the h-index may have some utility in assessing social work journals. Notable advantages of the h-index include its compatibility with the profession's applied research culture and its ability to be used with essentially all journals in which social workers publish. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Periodicals, Social Work, Evaluation, Quality Control, Measurement Techniques, Validity, Citation Analysis, Familiarity, Expertise, Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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