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The attraction of metrics is irresistible. The emergence of the quantified self as an emergent phenomenon to improve performance, health, and daily functioning has dramatically reshaped cultural perceptions of sharing and the relative good. The science of publica- tions is not free from this movement with a proliferation of metrics associated with both individuals and their scientific products.
A dominant index, h, is central to the discussion associated with singular point estimate metrics versus the ineffable quality of the science we produce. The tension between quantity and quality or the modern redux of metrics versus quality is an excellent starting point in examination of the role metrics can play in improving or impeding scientific discovery. This dichotomy is of course fallacious but useful as means to test ideas associated with assigning merit to peer-reviewed publications. A brief overview of metrics is pro- vided in this talk including h with a strong emphasis on the theory of merit for the current dissemination pipeline in science.