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Productivity and impact of ICMAB researchers according to the Webcindario h-index ranking

Nine ICMAB researchers appear on the Webcindario h-index ranking. A database which contains information of the researchers working in Spain in different areas, which have a high h-index (higher than a certain threshold). Our researchers appear in 7 different research areas, being Multidisciplinary Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear Chemistry and Applied Physics the most common ones. 

27 January 2020

About Webcindario

The website h-webcindario from GRUPO DIH compiles the h-index numbers from the researchers based in Spain. The h-index numbers are collected from the Web of Science ISI website, which is of free access for the research centers through FECYT.

The h-webcindario website includes the list of the researchers of all Spain, divided in different disciplines, which have a h-index number higher than a certain threshold value, which is different for each discipline.

The webcindario database currently contains information on 3996 researchers working in Spain, of which 2357 appear in the rankings of 178 research areas. The average value of the indices h (ISI-DIH) of those that appear in the rankings is 39. The data has been recently updated (2019). 

Barcelona is the Spanish province with more researchers in the ranking (563) and with more research fields in which they work (10) (data from 2019). 

ICMAB researchers

Nine ICMAB reserachers (2 women and 7 men) appear in the Webcindario database, in seven different areas. The area with more researchers that have a high h-index is "Multidisciplinary Chemistry", followed by "Inorganic & Nuclear Chemistry". The other areas include Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Multidisciplinary Materials Science, Crystallography and Organic Chemistry. 

Condensed Matter Physics (h>39)

  • Enric Canadell, h-index = 52

Multidisciplinary Materials Science (h>39)

  • Enric Canadell, h-index = 52

Applied Physics (h>39)

  • Josep Fontcuberta, h-index = 52
  • Xavier Obradors, h-index = 50

Crystallography (h>20)

  • Carles Miravitlles, h-index = 30

Inorganic & Nuclear Chemistry

  • Elies Molins, h-index = 52
  • Francesc Teixidor, h-index = 52
  • Clara Viñas, h-index = 50

Multidisciplinary Chemistry

  • Jaume Veciana, h-index = 60
  • Concepció Rovira, h-index = 57
  • Elies Molins, h-index = 52
  • Clara Viñas, h-index = 50

Organic Chemistry

  • Elies Molins, h-index = 52

About the h-index

The h-index is also known as the Hirsch index and Hirsch number. The h-index was developed in 2005 by profesor Jorge E. Hirsch in University of California. The original article by Hirsch is available here: "An index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output".

Advantages of the h-index:

  • It is an easily computable index.
  • It gives an estimate of the importance, significance and broad impact of a scientist's cumulative research contributions.
  • It accounts for both productivity and impact of a scientist.
  • It avoids most of the disadvantages of the other single-number metrics commonly used to evaluate scientific output of a researcher.

Disadvantages of the h-index:

  • It is unable to differentiate between active and inactive scientists.
  • Its weakness to differentiate between significant works in the past and the works which continue to be cited.
  • It is difficult to compare authors in different disciplines. It should be used only to compare scientists of similar (scientific) age and disciplines. 

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