The downside of bibliometrics: let’s reinvent the wheel – and patent it!
Bibliometrics such as the h-index and g-index are often used to judge the quality of a researcher’s work. They are often used in the tenure review process, to help evaluate grant applications, and to promote entire academic departments (side note: I really like the folks at Albany so I mean them no disrespect – they really are a quality department). But here’s where the danger comes in. As absolutely hysterical as it sounds, some doctor at St. Luke’s in New York has reinvented calculus and named it after herself. What’s worse, is that this article, according to Google scholar, has received 161 citations! That certainly bodes well for Dr. Tai’s h-index.
Incidentally, pre-med students at my own institution are not required to take calculus (which is why we, in physics, are required to offer a separate, non-calculus-based introductory physics course). It doesn’t make me confident in the medical community (not that I was to begin with).
Hey, while we’re at it, let’s reinvent the wheel – and patent it!