The Genius Index: One Scientist's Crusade to Rewrite Reputation Rules

Guy Gugliotta, Wired, Jun 15, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a pretty good discussion of the idea of ranking publications by the prestige of the journal in which they are published, as compared to the amount of reaction and subsequent work (and references and links) they generate. It's mostly about the h-index created by Jorge Hirsch (not the first nor even necessarily the best of the citation ranking systems, but Wired really likes to trump up one person as though he 'invented' the field) but provides good background and history as well.
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