The influence of random removal of sources and items on the h-index
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Documentation and information
Scientometrics: an international journal for all quantitative aspects of the science of science and science policy. - Amsterdam
, p. 363-370
University of Antwerp
If we have two information production processes with the same h-index, random removal of items causes one system to have a higher h-index than the other system while random removal of sources causes the opposite effect. In a Lotkaian framework we prove formulae for the h-index in case of random removal of items and in case of random removal of sources. In conclusion, we warn for the use of the h-index in case of incomplete data sets.