In one of my periodic blog moments of patting myself on the back, I should note that my h-index went up to 14 this past week!
As I’ve described previously, when my h-index went to 13, the h-index (or Hirsch index) is a rough estimate of the productivity of a scientist and the impact of their work. An h-index of N means that you have no more than N papers which each have more than N citations each. It is a very crude measurement of productivity, as is any quantitative measurement, but one that’s relevant for decisions such as tenure.
Considering the Wikipedia article cites an h-index of 10-12 as a guideline for tenure decisions, and 15-20 a fellowship in the American Physical Society, I’m feeling pretty good about my chances.
Unfortunately, I’ll need quite a few citations to bump myself to an h-index of 15. Unless I get really lucky, I won’t have another celebration like this for a while…