A reference-based Hirschian similarity measure for journals

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Hirsch's concept of h-index was used to define a similarity measure for journals. The h-similarity is easy to calculate from the publicly available data of the Journal Citation Reports, and allows for plausible interpretation. On the basis of h-similarity, a relative eminence indicator of journals was determined: the ratio of the JCR impact factor to the weighted average of that of similar journals. This standardization allows journals from disciplines with lower average citation level (mathematics, engineering, etc.) to get into the top lists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-147
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010



  • Citation analysis
  • Journals
  • Similarity
  • Standardized impact factor
  • h-index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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