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Research Gate tracks Reads and Downloads and has their own “RG Score” based on Publications, Questions Asked, Answers Provided, and Followers. It is like Twitter, you can Follow whoever you want w/o their permission — asymmetric network — reveals prestigious scholars? Interestingly, my RG Score on ResearchGate is very similar to my h-index on Google Scholar.
On page 16571 [bottom of column 1, top of column 2] of the 2005 article by Hirsch in PNAS he provides some context for the m- and h-index. As he suggests on that page
h~12 —> “might be a typical value for advancement to tenure”
h~18 —> “might be a typical value for advancement to full professor"
Unfortunately he doesn’t provide any suggestions or guidance on which counts to use (Google, or other).
Some scholars are also including “altmetrics” about their work (I.e, number of views, downloads, shares) even if that work is not cited in a professional journal.
With open-access journals, and metrics like h, the landscape of academic publishing is rapidly shifting…
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