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Research Impact for Business & Economics - a self-help guide

Author Metrics


Author Metrics
In this section we have included metrics that look at the overall output of an author rather than individual articles.

Please use the sub menu for instructions on generating these metrics.


The h-index is method of measuring the productivity and impact of a researcher's work and is calculated using the number of publications with a citation number greater than or equal to h.

Example: An author with 20 publications that have at least 20 citations each will have a h-index of 20

Tools: Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar


The h5-index is calculated in the same way as the h-index but is limited to the past five years only

Tools: SciVal

Author Ranking

Author ranking is a method of sorting authors nationally or globally by either h-index, citations or field weighted citation impact. This method can be limited to a specific date range or subject area.

Tools: SciVal

Field Weighted
Citation Impact

Field Weighted Citation Impact is calculated using the ratio of citations received relative to the expected world average for the subject field, publication type and publication year. Our example in this section looks at the overall output of an author.

Tools: SciVal (metric for single articles can be viewed in Scopus)

Note: some grant schemes do not allow the use of h-index in grant applications, e.g. NHMRC. Refer to scheme-specific rules to determine what information should be included. Funding rules change from year to year.