There's been a bit of increased interest in the h-index since the h-index prediction tool came out yesterday. I've never paid attention to h-index, mostly because it is not something my university uses for evaluation (at least to my knowledge). Having never been evaluated by it, I had no reason to calculate my own.
But today I decided I should at least be aware of my h-index and I was curious what the prediction would tell me. After poking the twitterverse for how one actually comes up with these numbers, I managed to figure mine out.
And so what?
It's a number that I have no reference for. If I told you your PLS-index was 2375, it would be similarly meaningless to you. So what is considered a decent h-index for someone in my field who is coming up for tenure in a year? @EcoEvoProf mentioned that the people at her previous university who got tenure were in the 12-14 range. I guess that's helpful.
So what is a good h-index in the evolutionary biology field for roughly tenure-aged folks? How much variability is there in different fields? Does anyone give a shit?