Quality & Quantity

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 573–580 | Cite as

Quality & Quantity journal: a bibliometric snapshot

  • Fiorenzo Franceschini
  • Domenico Maisano
Research Note


This article analyzes the Quality & Quantity journal from the point of view of some bibliometric indicators: the Hirsch (h) and the g-index for journals, the total number of citations, the h- and the g-spectrum. Journal time evolution is also studied and discussed in detail. As a final point, an interesting issue about how to objectively evaluate the journal popularity in the professional world—rather than the scientific/academic—is presented and left open.


Hirsch index g-index Citations Hirsch spectrum Journal authors Academics Professionals Bibliometrics “Professionalmetrics” 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Sistemi di Produzione ed Economia dell’Azienda (DISPEA)Politecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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