Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2020, Vol. 5 ›› Issue (3): 71-83.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2020-0019

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The Compound F²-index and the Compound H-index as Extension of the f² and h-indexes from a Dynamic Perspective

Yves Fassin()   

  1. Department of Marketing, Innovation and Organisation, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Ghent University, Tweekerkenstraat, 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium
  • Received:2020-02-07 Revised:2020-05-05 Accepted:2020-05-05 Online:2020-07-20 Published:2020-09-04
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Purpose: Elaboration of an indicator to include the dynamic aspect of citations in bibliometric indexes.

Design/methodology/approach: A new bibliometric methodology—the f2-index—is applied at the career level and at the level of the recent 5 years to analyze the dynamic aspect of bibliometrics. The method is applied, as an illustration, to the field of corporate governance.

Findings: The compound F2-index as an extension of the f2-index recognizes past achievements but also values new research work with potential. The method is extended to the h-index and the h2-index. An activity index is defined as the ratio between the recent h’-index to the career h-index.

Research limitations: The compound F2 and H-indexes are PAC, probably approximately correct, and depend on the selection and database.

Practical implications: The F2- and H compound indexes allow identifying the rising stars of a field from a dynamic perspective. The activity ratio highlights the contribution of younger researchers.

Originality/value: The new methodology demonstrates the underestimated dynamic capacity of bibliometric research.

Key words: Bibliometrics, H-index, Dynamism