The H-mility Index and Intellectual Discourse:
Studies on the relationship between citation patterns and academic seniority
Edited by Prof I. M. N. Expert, Dr Proust D’ktorate and assorted nameless graduate students
Citing the works of others is both an act of academic indebtedness and informational clarity. As such, it must be analysed as a sociological device for furthering the agenda of others while hedging the extent of one’s own contribution. This edited volume brings together papers detailing examples of the citation patterns in the work of master’s students, second year doctoral students and professorial researchers. Each of these studies aims to discover the degree to which recognition of others’ work is present. To quantify this data, the H-mility index (Expert, Chumski and D’ktorate 2007) is applied in all papers. Taken together, these studies demonstrate that while master’s students go as far as to seek citations for their own names and affiliations, by the time researchers reach professorial rank, most citations are reflexive. This implications of these results for H-mility scoring are explored in full.