'A Poor Measure'

H-indices offer poor measures of early-career researchers' productivity and potential, Stanford University's Richard Zare argues in Angewandte Chemie this week. "Just as the IQ number does not capture the creativity and originality of a person's work, the h-index is not a full measure," Zare says. "Some rough correlations do exist, but in judging researchers early in their career, the h-index seems to be a poor measure.

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