Evaluating journal quality: Is the H-index a better measure than impact factors?

David Hodge, Jeffrey R. Lacasse

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Objectives: This study evaluates the utility of a new measure-the h-index-that may provide a more valid approach to evaluating journal quality in the social work profession. Method: H-index values are compared with Thomson ISI 5-year impact factors and expert opinion. Results: As hypothesized, the h-index correlates highly with ISI 5-year impact factors; but exhibits closer agreement with expert opinion, particularly with high familiarity disciplinary journals. Conclusions: This evidence of convergent and discriminatory validity suggests that the h-index may have some utility in assessing social work journals. Notable advantages of the h-index include its compatibility with the profession's applied research culture and its ability to be used with essentially all journals in which social workers publish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-230
Number of pages9
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Bibliometrics
  • Impact factors
  • Journal quality
  • h-index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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