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An agent-based model for the bibliometric h-index

Published in The European Physical Journal. B, Condensed Matter. 2013, vol. 86, no. 10, p. 426
Abstract We model a virtual scientific community in which authors publish and cite articles. Citations are attributed according to a preferential attachment mechanism. From the numerical simulations, the h-index can be computed. This bottom-up approach reproduces well real bibliometric data. We consider two versions of our model. (1) The single-scientist is controlled by two parameters which can be tuned to reproduce the value of the h-index of many real scientists. Moreover, this model shows how the h-index grows with the number of citations, for a fixed number of articles. We also define an average h-index that can be used to compare the scientific productivity of institutions of different sizes. (2) The multi-scientist model considers a population of scientists and allows us to study the impact of removing citations from the low h-index researchers on the community. Simulations on real bibilometric data, as well as the predictions of the model, show that the h-index eco-system can be strongly affected by such a filtering.
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IONESCU, Georgia Valeria, CHOPARD, Bastien. An agent-based model for the bibliometric h-index. In: The European Physical Journal. B, Condensed Matter, 2013, vol. 86, n° 10, p. 426. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:34267

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