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Acad Psychiatry. 2017 Apr 18. doi: 10.1007/s40596-016-0656-2. [Epub ahead of print]

Academic Productivity in Psychiatry: Benchmarks for the H-Index.

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1
University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. fmacmast@ucalgary.ca.
2
University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
3
Strategic Clinical Network for Addictions and Mental Health, Edmonton, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Bibliometrics play an increasingly critical role in the assessment of faculty for promotion and merit increases. Bibliometrics is the statistical analysis of publications, aimed at evaluating their impact. The objective of this study is to describe h-index and citation benchmarks in academic psychiatry.

METHODS:

Faculty lists were acquired from online resources for all academic departments of psychiatry listed as having residency training programs in Canada (as of June 2016). Potential authors were then searched on Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) for their corresponding h-index and total number of citations.

RESULTS:

The sample included 1683 faculty members in academic psychiatry departments. Restricted to those with a rank of assistant, associate, or full professor resulted in 1601 faculty members (assistant = 911, associate = 387, full = 303). h-index and total citations differed significantly by academic rank. Both were highest in the full professor rank, followed by associate, then assistant. The range in each, however, was large.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides the initial benchmarks for the h-index and total citations in academic psychiatry. Regardless of any controversies or criticisms of bibliometrics, they are increasingly influencing promotion, merit increases, and grant support. As such, benchmarking by specialties is needed in order to provide needed context.

KEYWORDS:

Health; Medical education; Medical students; Sleep; Survey

PMID:
28421476
DOI:
10.1007/s40596-016-0656-2
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