, Volume 91, Issue 1, pp 303–308 | Cite as

A Hirsch-type index of co-author partnership ability

  • András Schubert


The partnership ability index (φ) combines the number of co-authors and the times each of them acted as co-authors with a given author exactly the same way as Hirsch’s h-index combines the number of publications and their citation rate. The index φ was tested on the sample of the Hevesy medal awardees. It was found that φ is consistent with Glänzel’s model of h-index, and that higher φ values—at least until a certain limit—may be accompanied with higher citation visibility (h-index). Some further possibilities of application both within and outside the area of scientometrics are suggested.


Hirsch-type indicators Co-author networks h-Index Partnership ability index 



The author thankfully acknowledges the inspiring interest of Prof. Wolfgang Glänzel and Dr. Sándor Soós.


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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Research Policy StudiesHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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