Pre-print of: Vanclay, JK 2007, 'On the robustness of the h-index', Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol. 58, no. 10, pp. 1547-1550.
Publisher's version of article available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.20616
The h-index (Hirsch, 2005) is robust, remaining relatively unaffected by errors in the long tails of the citations-rank distribution, such as typographic errors that short-change frequently-cited papers and create bogus additional records. This robustness, and the ease with which h-indices can be verified, support the use of a Hirsch-type index over alternatives such as the journal impact factor. These merits of the h-index apply to both individuals and to journals.