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Research impact for Education: a self-help guide

Finding author metrics

There are multiple sources for finding researcher metrics.   This table provides general guidance on a range of sources.  The key data sources and critical metrics differs from discipline to discipline.  For definitions of these metrics, see Glossary.  To help you evaluate available metrics to build your specific case, use the Metrics Toolkit.

It is easiest to find your H-Index in one of the Author dashboards. We also tell you about other ways to locate your H-Index.

Data sources for researcher esteem
Web of Science

Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) Core Collection with access to content in over 22,000 journals, including Open Access and conference proceedings. 

Author-level metrics:

  • H-Index
  • Total publications
  • Average citations per item
  • Total Citing articles
  • Citing articles without self-citations
  • Highly Cited papers
  • Hot papers

InCites (Clarivate Analytics) is a citation-based evaluation and benchmarking tool to analyze institutional productivity and benchmark output against peers in a national or international context. 

  • Documents in top 10%
  • H-Index
  • Domestic Collaborations
  • International Collaborations
  • % First Author
  • % Corresponding Author
  • % Documents in Q1 Journals
  • Category Normalized Citation Impact

Scopus (Elsevier) provides access to over 23,700 peer-reviewed journals (including Open Access journals), 166,000 books and conference papers in the Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

Author-level metrics:

  • H-Index
  • Cited documents
  • Total citations

SciVal (Elsevier) offers access to the research data of research institutions, researchers and countries.

Data can be graphed/ tabled to show performance relative to peers. 

  • FWCI per author
  • FWCI per paper
  • H-Index
  • H5-Index
  • Citations per publication
  • Research topics
Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.


** Caveat when using Google Scholar data for research evaluation: Data accuracy for benchmarking purposes cannot be assured. E.g., comparable researchers may not have implemented publication date corrections and may use different labels and field categorisation.


Author-level metrics:

  • Citations (all time)
  • Citations (last 5 years)
  • h-Index (all time)
  • h-Index (last 5 years)
  • i10-Index (all time)
  • i10-Index (last 5 years)
Publish or Perish

Publish or Perish retrieves and analyses academic citations using data from Google Scholar, and Microsoft Academic Search to obtain raw citation data and then compute the metrics below:

  • Total number of citations
  • Citations per year, and many more

Elements is the University of Melbourne’s Publication Management System.


  • WOS H-Index
  • Scopus H-Index
  • Dimensions H-Index
  • Dimensions FCR
  • Dimensions RCR
  • Altmetric Score
  • WOS Total Citations
  • Scopus Total Citations
Researcher Dashboard

Access the Research domain dashboards for individual researchers (RES01) on the Infohub. (How to access the Researcher Dashboard - KBA)


  • Total research outputs
  • Research output types
  • FWCI (SciVal)
  • H-Index (SciVal)
  • H5-Index (SciVal)
  • Citations (Scopus)
  • Citations (WoS)
  • Quartile 1 Journals (SciMago JR)


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