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 ( ) 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 ( [No 8 in the Urban Studies
and Planning venues] and one into the EPB H-index ( [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: ).

It is also nice to see JASIST topping the Library and Information Science list now: .
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.