According to the latest h-index update in July, Professor Antonio Pellicer, the President of IVI, leads the ranking for the best researcher in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology in Spain. In a study of scientific output with the greatest global impact, he received an h-index of 66; while Professor Simón came 2nd with an h-index of 62, Professor Remohí 3rd, with an h-index of 55 and lastly Professor García Velasco, with 34.
Professor Pellicer tells us what constitutes research in his working day.
What is the h-index?
It is the most commonly used indicator to estimate the success of a researcher, based on his scientific output. Its value is obtained from matching the number of scientific articles in descending order with the number of citations they have received.
What does it mean for IVI, that 4 of its gynaecologists are among the 7 best researchers in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology?
It is an honour to appear in such classifications, as it shows how important research is for IVI. For us, research means moving forward, and science has no meaning without hard work and continuous learning. The results of our studies have allowed us to apply improvements and develop techniques that have positively influenced our clinical results. Any advance would be worthless if no practical application to improve our patients’ treatment came from it. This is the difference IVI has made when compared to other centres dedicated to the treatment of infertility.
Which do you think is more important for a researcher: publications, prizes or social recognition?
The most important thing is to have the conviction that you have contributed to the development of science, and therefore to society. Recognition is the greatest reward a researcher can receive, because that implies there have been important, internationally accepted discoveries made which help, above all, to move science forward.
Where is the forefront of research in assisted reproduction?
Research in assisted reproduction should move forward by considering society – and that is how we understand it. Hence, future research in assisted reproduction for us will involve regenerative medicine, the genetics of reproduction and the importance of improving reproductive success with the latest techniques in a society that increasingly demands assisted reproduction treatments.