Top 20 Library & Information Science Publications According to Google Metrics

Just wanted to let you all know that Google Scholar recently released their 2014 Metrics. Google lists the top 20 library science publications based on h5-index. Coming in at number one is the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology with an h5-index of 56. The h5-index is the h-index for articles published in the last 5 complete years. Usually the h-index is used to measure a specific author’s impact, but  Google Scholar has applied this measurement to journals as well (most databases use the Journal Impact Factor). Google measures the h-index of a publication by determining “the largest number h such that at least h articles in that publication were cited at least h times each. ” For example a journal with six articles that have been cited 20, 15, 11, 10, 9, and 8 will have an h-index of 6. Here are a few data visualizations I made and a reading list for more info about Google Scholar’s metrics.

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 Reading List