Predicting H-index

posted Sep 23, 2012, 12:34 PM by Amir A Zadpoor   [ updated Sep 23, 2012, 12:40 PM ]
There was a nice article in a recent issue of Nature on how one's future H-index can be predicted using a number of indicators of past performance. There is also a web gadget that you can use to predict your own H-index based on your current H-index, number of articles, years since the publication of first article, number of distinct journals, and number of papers in top journals (Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, PNAS, and Neuron). The predictions are developed mostly for neuroscientists, but are believed to be more or less accurate for other life scientists too.

Article in Nature:

Web-tool for calculating your own H-index:

For example, here you can see the prediction of my H-index* for the next 10 years.

* I used the data from ISI Web of Knowledge for generating this prediction. The number of my distinct journals is an approximation.