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An empirical and theoretical critique of the Euclidean index

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The recently proposed Euclidean index offers a novel approach to measure the citation impact of academic authors, in particular as an alternative to the h-index. We test if the index provides new, robust information, not covered by existing bibliometric indicators, discuss the measurement scale and the degree of distinction between analytical units the index offers. We find that the Euclidean index does not outperform existing indicators on these topics and that the main application of the index would be solely for ranking, which is not seen as a recommended practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Informetrics
Pages (from-to)455-465
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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