Never talk to librarians! They’ll tell you stuff that you can’t unhear.
A while ago I set up a Google Scholar profile to keep track of when my work is cited. I noticed various arcane numbers down the right hand side. Most intriguingly I noticed that Google Scholar was giving me a couple of scores.
I asked a librarian and she told me to watch the h-index. The h-index measures the number of papers that you have that have been cited as many times as the number of papers that you have. So
- h = 1 if you have 1 paper that has been cited once.
- h = 2 if you have 2 papers that have been cited twice
- h = 10 if you have 10 papers that have been cited 10 times.
As such it measures both the volume of your output and the regard that it is held in by the academic community.
As the number goes up it becomes more difficult to push it up further. I’ve been stuck on 9 for ages.
So hitting 10 is a red letter day for me!
All of this leads to a gamification of academic endeavour that is at once concerning and utterly seductive.
What do points mean?
Anyway my top 10 papers which are contributing to my h-index score are as follows:
- Facebook, social integration and informal learning at university: ‘It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work’
- Social media: a guide for researchers
- Careering through the web
- What is online research?
- Careers work with young people. Collapse or transition?
- Fostering college and career readiness
- Careers 2020: options for future careers work in English schools
- Enhancing choice? The role of technology in the career support market
- How the internet changed career: framing the relationship between career development and online technologies
- The ‘Blueprint’framework for career management skills: a critical exploration