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SILVA AYCAGUER, Luis Carlos. H-index and Google Scholar: a inclusive scienciometrics symbiosis. ACIMED [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.3, pp.308-322. ISSN 1024-9435.

The paper shows how the dominant journal impact factor has arrived to its present features and discuss the degree in which this metric is prone to be manipulated and misused, as opposed to the prescribed utilization by Thomson Reuter, the corporation in charge of its official computation. Hirsch's H-index and a large family of related indicators seek to give a single number that in some sense summarizes an author's research output and its impact. The free public availability of information offered by Google Scholar allows citation counts, and analyses based thereon, to be performed and duplicated by anyone. Combining H-index with this information provides an avenue for more transparency and supply an extraordinary opportunity to develop a fairer scienciometric analysis, specially when languages other than English are involved.

Keywords : impact factor; H-index; Hirsch; Thomson Reuters; scienciometrics; Google Scholar.

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