As a reward for helping me out, check out this article in press from PNAS:
An index to quantify an individual's scientific research outputYes, that's the entire abstract. Hat tip to Richard Gayle. I can't downloaded the PDF from home because my university's library gateway is currently down. If it's interesting, I may comment on it tomorrow when I hook in to the university network.
I propose the index h, defined as the number of papers with citation number h, as a useful index to characterize the scientific output of a researcher.
I need to get back to work shortening a grant proposal to the maximum page length (this has been a procrastination post). I'm caught in a Catch-22 between explaining everything for someone not familiar with bioinformatics and molecular population genetics, not lingering on unnecessary details, and providing enough information for someone who is familiar with the literature in these fields to make an informed evaluation. The entire thing is written, and now I'm selectively pruning.