Always an interesting reading, the new Google Scholar Metrics have been released for 2013, computing the H-indices of Journals and other venues of scholarly publishing.

As noted in their blog (http://googlescholar.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/2013-scholar-metrics-released.html ) the values are somehow lower then last year, as they are measured for a 5 year period but cut a bit short ( 2012 releases were counted for November).

It is interesting to look at the GIScience publication venues, for instance to see where the strong groups are (Melbourne and Zurich have a strong presence!). And as ego boost, it is nice to see that with co-authors, we managed to squeeze 2 papers into the CEUS H-index (http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&view_op=list_hcore&venue=VjFelPQDAZsJ.2013&cstart=20) [No 8 in the Urban Studies
and Planning venues] and one into the EPB H-index (http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&view_op=list_hcore&venue=sJxXTNQVL9QJ.2013&vq=soc_urbanstudiesplanning&cstart=20) [No 12 in the Urban Studies and Planning venues]. Note that the categorisation is based on Google’s ideas of themes for the journals, for some reason they do not think these journals belong to GIScience (Geography and Cartography theme: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?view_op=top_venues&hl=en&vq=soc_geographycartography&venue=Iw3KEtGJmMgJ.2013 ).

It is also nice to see JASIST topping the Library and Information Science list now: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?view_op=top_venues&hl=en&vq=eng_libraryinformationscience .
Out of other venues that I published in, Future Generation Computer Systems come #10 in Computing Systems, TGIS is 14th in Geography and Cartography.Unfortunately, Spatial Cognition and Computation does not make it into the index, as it is too small a venue ( look at the inclusion conditions, a journal needs more then a 100 articles in the 5-year period to be included, I believe).

All this has to be taken with a pinch of salt, of course… But it makes for fun reading (especially in perspective of the H-indices of Nature, Science, and the likes…). We play in a small sandpit.

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