Haifa Index of Excellence (HIE)

The Haifa Index of Excellence (HIE) is our strategy to assess the professional performance of scholars and academic units.


HIE uses the core parameters of academic excellence to create a simple grade which reflects the achievements of every scholar and unit.

HIE includes two different formulas – one for scholars and one for academic units.


Currently, HIE (including H Index and all other data used for HIE calculation) is based upon SCOPUS, and therefore it is called HIE(S). Once our system is extended to include data from SSCI (Web of Knowledge), we will offer an additional index under the name - HIE(W).


Naturally, creating a single formula to reflect excellence in the separate disciplines composing political science is difficult. Nonetheless, the IPSIX board is heterogenic and representative of the three disciplines that political science subsumes. Therefore, the HIE  takes into account the different parameters that are emphasized in each discipline. Our suggestion for a single formula, however, is trying to do justice with some of the major parameters for excellence in academic work and we believe that it can be a useful tool for our collegues, students, university committees and for other use in the disciple and in other disciplines.


The IPSIX board is represented by a group of well-recognized political science scholars from the University of Haifa and from other universities and academic institutions in Israel. They come from a variety of sub-disciplines and are all committed to the professional development of this tool. Therefore, we believe that the HIE formula, as suggested below, well balances between the different parameters and considerations for performance and excellence in  Political science.


HIE formula for scholars:

HIE(s)= (A)+ H Index*(B + 4C + 2D)


H Index*=A scientist has index h if h of his/her Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np-h) papers have no more than h citations each.

A= Number of citations for articles, books and chapters

= Number of articles in refereed journals

= Number of authored books

D = Number of edited books



Dr. Israel Israeli has the following data:

H Index of 6

  • A: 120 citations of articles, books and chapters published by him
  • B: 25 articles published in refereed journals
  • C: 2 authored/co-authored books published
  • D: 1 edited/co-edited book published

Dr. Israel Israeli's HIE(S) would be calculated as follows:

HIE(S) =  120+6*(25+4*2+2)

HIE(S) =330


HIE formula for academic units:

Units HIE(s) Scholar HIE(s) / N

 Scholar HIE(s)= Sum of HIE for members of the specific unit

N= Number of positions at the unit.



# Only scholars with full position in Political Science departments and/or Public Administration & Policy departments and/or International Relations departmenst are included in the Academic Unit calculation and statistics. For scholars with partial/secondery position in those departments only personal data is available for comparison.

 ## Number of articles, authored books, and edited books include co-authorships and co-editorialships. 

 ### Data about books is based on Google Books and on Amazon.com


The Department of Political Science in the Carmel University has the following data:

  • It includes 16 members, two of them are also members of the Department of Geography. Therefore, the departments N is 14. 
  • The sum of the department's scholars HIE(S) is 420. 


The Department's HIE(S) would be calculated as follows:

Units HIE(S) = 420/14 =30



* The h-index is an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. The index can also be applied to the productivity and impact of a group of scientists, such as a department or university or country, as well as a scholarly journal. The index was suggested in 2005 by Jorge E. Hirsch, a physicist at UCSD, as a tool for determiningtheoretical physicists' relative quality[1] and is sometimes called the Hirsch index or Hirsch number.

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