Qual Quant (2012) 46:573–580
Quality & Quantity journal: a bibliometric snapshot
Fiorenzo Franceschini · Domenico Maisano
Published online: 4 December 2010
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
Abstract This article analyzes the Quality & Quantity journal from the point of view of
some bibliometric indicators: the Hirsch (h) and the g-index for journals, the total number
of citations, the h-andtheg-spectrum. Journal time evolution is also studied and discussed
in detail. As a ﬁnal point, an interesting issue about how to objectively evaluate the journal
popularity in the professional world—rather than the scientiﬁc/academic—is presented and
Keywords Hirsch index · g-index · Citations · Hirsch spectrum · Journal authors ·
Academics · Professionals · Bibliometrics · “Professionalmetrics”
There is no doubt that Quality & Quantity (Q&Q) is a prestigious and popular journal in the
Quality engineering and Quality management area. Owing to the novelty of the contents and
their practical interest, Q&Q has an enviable diffusion. For the same reason, a peculiarity of
Q&Q is to reach a large audience, consisting not only of academics of different disciplines,
such as mathematics, statistics and social sciences, but also Quality practitioners/managers.
Thus, Q&Q can be considered as both a scientiﬁc journal (with academic interdisciplinary
vocation) and a professional journal (with professional and/or practical vocation), represent-
ing a point of contact between these two complementary worlds (Onwegbuzie et al. 2008).
The subdivision concerning the readers of Q&Q can be reasonably extended to its authors.
This article analyses Q&Q and investigates how it is changing over time from the point of
view of some bibliometric indicators. Some of them—i.e. Hirsch (h) index, g-index and total
number of citations (C)—are relatively diffused and others—i.e. h-andg-spectrum—are
introduced for the ﬁrst time to enrich the analysis.
F. Franceschini (
) · D. Maisano
Dipartimento di Sistemi di Produzione ed Economia dell’Azienda (DISPEA), Politecnico di Torino,
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy