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Scientific index: a complementary scale for the h-index
  1. Zahid Hussain Khan1,
  2. Masoud Nashibi1,2,
  3. Seyed Amir Javadi3
  1. 1Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care, Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  2. 2Department of Anesthesiology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU), Tehran, Iran
  3. 3Department of Neurosurgery, Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Seyed Amir Javadi, Department of Neurosurgery, Imam Khomeini hospital complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1419733141, The Islamic Republic of Iran; javadi1978{at}yahoo.com

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Scientists are customarily categorised based on their seminal and extraordinary contributions as being top, medium and low, and in this regard the ‘h-index’ is usually cited as a pivotal index to demarcate the scientific credibility of scientists. The h-index was initially proposed by Hirsch1 to provide a global impact of a scientist’s contributions. The h-index, however, provides a rough approximation to a scientist’s multifaceted profile and thus fails to reflect a scientist’s cumulative scientific and research accomplishments. Having said that, some genuine criticisms have cropped …

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