The relative significance of the Hindex
Abstract
Use of the Hirschindex ($h$) as measure of an author's visibility in the scientific literature has become popular as an alternative to a gross measure like total citations (c). I show that, at least in astrophysics, $h$ correlates tightly with overall citations. The mean relation is $h=0.5(\sqrt c+1)$. Outliers are few and not too far from the mean, especially if `normalized' ADS citations are used for $c$ and $h$. Whatever the theoretical reasoning behind it, the Hirsch index in practice does not appear to measure something significantly new.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 January 2012
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.1201.5476
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1201.5476
 Bibcode:
 2012arXiv1201.5476S
 Keywords:

 Astrophysics  Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics;
 Computer Science  Digital Libraries;
 Physics  Physics and Society
 EPrint:
 More references added, small corrections. Research note, 3 small pages, 1 figure