Comparison of h and m Indices among Departments in McGovern Medical School

Journal of Scientometric Research,2020,9,1,77-81.
Published:May 2020
Type:Research Note
Author(s) affiliations:

Ayman Saleh1,*, Fei Cao2, Salih Selek3

1Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Children`s National Medical Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA.

2Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA.

3Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, USA.


Measuring academic productivity is important in hiring, promoting and award selection. This study provides an example of a cross-sectional evaluation of faculty members in the UTHealth McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX, using h and m indices. We obtained h and m indices of 1287 faculty members from 29 departments using Scopus bibliographic website. We compared the indices according to Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor ranks; as well as according to Basic Science, Surgical and Internal Medical Branches. We also studied the correlation between h or m indices and NIH research grants. h and m indices mean value showed significantly difference between all three academic ranks in general. h-index increased congruently with academic ranking. m-index presented different patterns according to medical branches. Basic Science Branches showed higher h and m indices compared to Surgical and Internal Medicine branches. h-index showed linear correlation with NIH grant amount. Although m-index may be helpful in evaluating junior faculty members, its result may vary with high academic productivity. On the other hand, h-index may be useful in monitoring departmental and institutional academic productivity. Both indices may be helpful in quantifying academic productivity, particularly if compared to related medical branches.

Comparison of h and m Indices among Departments in McGovern Medical School

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Saleh A, Cao F, Selek S. Comparison of h and m Indices among Departments in McGovern Medical School. Journal of Scientometric Research. 2020;9(1):77-81. doi:10.5530/jscires.9.1.9.