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Evaluating Journal Quality

Title: Evaluating Journal Quality: Is the H-index a Better Measure than Impact Factors?.
Name(s): Hodge, David R., author
Lacasse, Jeffrey R., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: 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. Methods: H-index values are compared with Thomson ISI five-year impact factors and expert opinion. Results: As hypothesized, the h-index correlates highly with ISI five-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.
Identifier: FSU_migr_csw_faculty_publications-0038 (IID)
Keywords: impact factor, bibliometrics, social work, promotion and tenure
Subject(s): Communication in learning and scholarshi
Scholarly publishing
Social sciences
Social service
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: College of Social Work Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Research on Social Work Practice.
Issue: 2, 21

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Hodge, D. R., & Lacasse, J. R. (2011). Evaluating Journal Quality: Is the H-index a Better Measure than Impact Factors? Research On Social Work Practice. Retrieved from