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The h((3)) - index of academic journals

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The objective of this paper is to show that the already existing h((3)) indicator, designed after the h-index and Kosmulski's h((2))-index, has some advantages with respect to the classical h- or h((2))-indices, when it comes to academic journal evaluation. The h((3))-index for journals is defined as the largest natural number h(3) such that the first h(3) publications each received at least (h(3))(3) citations. Because of its tough requirement it is difficult to have a high h((3))-index. Consequently, this index is more selective than the classic h and h((2))-indexes. It enjoys a greater stability and is simple to determine as it necessitates only a small number of most-cited articles of a journal and varies only every 2 to 5 years. We admit though that like many other indicators the h((3)) indicator is only PAC (Probably Approximately Correct). Yet, it is proposed as a simple and valuable alternative to the more complex and contested Journal Impact Factor.
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H-INDEX, IMPACT, h-index, h-type indices, Journal studies, Pearson correlations, Journal, Impact Factor

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Fassin, Yves, and Ronald Rousseau. “The h((3)) - Index of Academic Journals.” MALAYSIAN JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE, vol. 24, no. 2, Univ Malaya, Fac Computer Science & Information Tech, 2019, pp. 41–53.
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Fassin, Y., & Rousseau, R. (2019). The h((3)) - index of academic journals. MALAYSIAN JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE, 24(2), 41–53.
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Fassin, Yves, and Ronald Rousseau. 2019. “The h((3)) - Index of Academic Journals.” MALAYSIAN JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE 24 (2): 41–53.
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Fassin, Yves, and Ronald Rousseau. 2019. “The h((3)) - Index of Academic Journals.” MALAYSIAN JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE 24 (2): 41–53.
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Fassin Y, Rousseau R. The h((3)) - index of academic journals. MALAYSIAN JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE. 2019;24(2):41–53.
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Y. Fassin and R. Rousseau, “The h((3)) - index of academic journals,” MALAYSIAN JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 41–53, 2019.
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  abstract     = {The objective of this paper is to show that the already existing h((3)) indicator, designed after the h-index and Kosmulski's h((2))-index, has some advantages with respect to the classical h- or h((2))-indices, when it comes to academic journal evaluation. The h((3))-index for journals is defined as the largest natural number h(3) such that the first h(3) publications each received at least (h(3))(3) citations. Because of its tough requirement it is difficult to have a high h((3))-index. Consequently, this index is more selective than the classic h and h((2))-indexes. It enjoys a greater stability and is simple to determine as it necessitates only a small number of most-cited articles of a journal and varies only every 2 to 5 years. We admit though that like many other indicators the h((3)) indicator is only PAC (Probably Approximately Correct). Yet, it is proposed as a simple and valuable alternative to the more complex and contested Journal Impact Factor.},
  author       = {Fassin, Yves and Rousseau, Ronald},
  issn         = {1394-6234},
  journal      = {MALAYSIAN JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE},
  keywords     = {H-INDEX,IMPACT,h-index,h-type indices,Journal studies,Pearson correlations,Journal,Impact Factor},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {41--53},
  publisher    = {Univ Malaya, Fac Computer Science & Information Tech},
  title        = {The h((3)) - index of academic journals},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.22452/mjlis.vol24no2.3},
  volume       = {24},
  year         = {2019},
}

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