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Updated h-index ranking for researchers working in Spain

Nine ICMAB researchers appear on the Grupo DIH 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).

Anna May
16 August 2021

Our researchers appear in 7 different research areas, being Multidisciplinary Chemistry, Inorganic & Nuclear Chemistry and Applied Physics the most common ones. 

About Grupo DIH

The GRUPO DIH website 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 Grupo DIH database currently contains information on 3952 researchers working in Spain, of which 2424 (457 of which are women) 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 44. The data has been recently updated (2021). 

The Grupo DIH website also includes rankings of women scientists working in Spain, or the ranking of the different Spanish provincesBarcelona is the Spanish province with more researchers in the ranking (566).

ICMAB researchers

Nine ICMAB reserachers (2 women and 7 men) appear in the Grupo DIH 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. 

If you are reading this and you think that you should be in the ranking but are not there, you can fill out this form and send it to the Grupo DIH so they can include you.

Condensed Matter Physics

  • Enric Canadell, h-index = 53

Multidisciplinary Materials Science

  • Enric Canadell, h-index = 53

Applied Physics

  • Josep Fontcuberta, h-index = 55
  • Xavier Obradors, h-index = 51
  • Benjamín Martínez, h-index = 40


  • Elies Molins, h-index = 54

Inorganic & Nuclear Chemistry

  • Elies Molins, h-index = 54
  • Francesc Teixidor, h-index = 54
  • Clara Viñas, h-index = 53

Multidisciplinary Chemistry

  • Jaume Veciana, h-index = 64
  • Concepció Rovira, h-index = 59
  • Elies Molins, h-index = 54
  • Clara Viñas, h-index = 53

Organic Chemistry

  • Elies Molins, h-index = 54

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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