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Research impact for Education: a self-help guide


I want to report on my Scopus H-index and relevant metrics to demonstrate my research impact. How can I do that?

Step1: Search for the Scopus author profile

Scopus: search for the author profile making use of any of the available search fields

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Step 2: Locate the correct Scopus Author profile

Scopus: locate corrent Scopus author profile

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Step 3: View Scopus Author profile summary metrics

Scopus: View Scopus Author profile summary metrics

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Step 4: Analyze the author output

Scopus: Analyze author output

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1. Search for the Author (Author search) using Scopus
2. Checking subject areas and affiliations make sure you are looking at the correct profile
3. Check if any author profile corrections is required
4. Communicate that with Scopus via the 'Request author detail corrections' link
5. For author profiles with more than 1 document attached, click on the first column (name of the researcher) hyperlink to view the Scopus Author level metrics in the profile
6. Click into 'Analyze Author output' for a rich dashboard of features to further explore the author related metrics in more depth.

Web of Science

I want to report on my Web of Science H-index and relevant metrics to demonstrate my research impact. How can I do that?

  • Web of Science (Core Collection) offers multiple methods to help with tracking the author h-index.
  • The easiest, most comprehensive, is via the 'Author search' mode.
  • Once the relevant verified publications belonging to the author has been aggregated into one report, it could be viewed (1) on the screen in graph format, (2) exported to excel spreadsheet format, or (3) saved to text file format
  • **This method takes multiple steps to create checks and balances and make sure that all publications included in the report indeed belongs to you.**
  • To prevent having to complete a 6-step process, first create a Web of Science Researcher Identifier profile and to link you ORCID with that profile. From there on you could merely search by researcher identifier and locate all the linked publications in one step! 
  • Each graph displayed on the screen can be further expanded, and very importantly, is interactive to provide access to the micro-level data behind each bar, etc.
  • Only those publications indexed in the Web of Science core collection is taken into consideration when the h-index is computed.
  • At first you may need a demonstration of this feature

Web of science author identifier search to locate author metrics


Google Scholar

I want to report on my Google Scholar H-index and relevant metrics to demonstrate my research impact. How can I do that?

The h-Index

You can make a case about the impact of your career of producing research outputs (productivity) and the impact of the outputs collectively (citation counts) based on your h-index in Google Scholar.

If you have a Google Scholar Citations account it helps you to take control of your own publication information and it displays your h-Index as part of that.

The Google Scholar citations profile h-Index

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The i10-Index

When a publication collects at least 10 citations each the author's i10-index is calculated. This is an alternative measure to the h-index. 

This is a metric that can be used to benchmark the performance of the Author. The benchmark should be used to compare against researchers with similar research area interests, in similar institutions and with similar length of career, etc.

The performance of the Author is often benchmarked during decisions about tenure, promotion, or recruitment.

Variations on Author-Level metrics

Author-level metrics are used to help measure, assess or benchmark the research productivity and research impact of individual researchers, scholars, academics, and/or authors. 

Consider the accepted norms for your field of research, institution or country.

Use a reproducible method to collect the metrics used in your (Author) impact report. 

The h-Index

The h-index was proposed by J.E. Hirsch in his paper An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output

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.


Which tools are traditionally used to provide an author h-index? - Google Scholar; Publish or Perish (based on Google Scholar data); Web of Science; Scopus

The g-Index


The g-index was proposed by Leo Egghe in his paper Theory and practice of the g-indexScientometrics, 69(1), 131-152. 

[Given a set of articles] ranked in decreasing order of the number of citations that they received, the g-index is the (unique) largest number such that the top g articles received (together) at least g2 citations.

The individual h-Index


The Individual h-index divides the standard h-index by the average number of authors in the articles that contribute to the h-index, to help with reducing the effect of co-authorship.

Average annual increase in h-Index


The individual, average annual increase of the h-index called hI,annual was proposed in hIa: An individual annual h-index to accommodate disciplinary and career length differencesScientometrics, 99(3), 811-821. 

The average annual increase in the individual h-index is useful as it could help to

  • Contributing to removing discipline-specific publication and citation patterns that could distort the h-index
  • Reducing the effect of career length and providing a fairer comparison between junior and senior researchers
  • The hI,annual is useful as an indicator of an individual's average annual research impact