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With or without h-index? Comparing aggregates of rankings based on seven popular bibliometric indicators

We apply five majority-rule-based ordinal ranking methods to data on economic, management
and political science journals in order to produce aggregate journal rankings. First, we
calculate aggregates for the set of rankings based on seven popular bibliometric indicators
(impact factor, 5-year impact factor, immediacy index, article influence score, h-index, SNIP
and SJR). Then, we exclude the Hirsch index and repeat the calculations. We perform the
comparative correlation analysis of the aggregates and the initial rankings. We use two rank
measures of correlation, Kendall’s tau-b and the share of coinciding pairs r. The analysis
demonstrates that aggregate rankings represent the set of single-indicator-based rankings
better than any of the seven rankings themselves. Among the single-indicator-based rankings
themselves, the best representations of their set are produced by the 5-year impact factor. The
least representative are rankings based on the immediacy index. The exclusion of the Hirsch
index from the set of indicators does not change these results.












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Leiden: Universiteit Leiden - CWTS, 2018.