An author's impact on their field has traditionally been measured using citation counts, i.e. the number of academic publications he or she has authored and the number of times these publications are cited by other researchers. Thus, a simple way to demonstrate your impact is to create a comprehensive list of your publications and the number of times they have been cited.
Different indices have been created that calculate an author impact 'score' using data on their publications
h-Index (the most widely used)
The h-index identifies the highest number of an author's papers to have the same or higher number of citations. For instance, for an author to have an h-index of 7, he or she must have at least 7 publications with 7 or more citations.
Most researchers obtain their h-index from Web of Science, Scopus, or Google Scholar.
Limitations of the h-index:
Proposed in 2006 as an alternative to the h-index, the g-index attempts to give more weight to highly-cited papers. The g-index remains controversial and is not yet widely accepted.
Used only in Google Scholar, this simple index, introduced in 2011, counts the number of publications with at least 10 citations.
The m-index takes into account years since first publication and is more relevant to an earlier career researcher than the h-index.
1. Perform an author search in the free author profile lookup form or click on an author when in Scopus
2. Select the correct author if presented with multiple names
The Author Details page will display the h-index plus summary data on documents and citation trends.
1. Enter the author's name in the top search box
2. Select Author from the drop-down menu. Click Search.
3. Click on Citation Report on the right hand corner of the results page
Web of Science will display h-index, average citations per item, and a graph displaying publication/citation patterns:
1. Log into your Google Account and go to Google Scholar.
2. Click on My Citations.
3. Populate your profile and add your publications. Google will probably suggest many of them and ask you to confirm. Publications like theses, books, and reports that might not be included in Scopus or Web of Science can be added in Google Scholar and will contribute to your citation count. 4. You should check data in Google Scholar carefully, since it can be more prone to errors and duplication.
Exploring Citations to Your Articles in Google Scholar Citations
A Google Profile includes the h-index and i10-index and and overview of citation activity over a number of years:
Q: When looking for citation counts or h-index, is it better to use Web of Science, Scopus, or Google Scholar?
A: Since each indexes different content, it is a good idea to search all three, export the results into citation managers, and remove all duplicates. You may also want to consult discipline-specific databases that offer citation data.
Publish or Perish is downloadable software program that uses data from Google Scholar to calculate a variety of metrics, including the h-index:
The results are available on-screen and can also be copied to the Windows clipboard (for pasting into other applications) or saved to several other formats.
Publons allows you to track your publications, citations, and contributed peer reviews in one dashboard. Publons also calculates your h-index (and displays all data on a public-facing dashboard). Publons is part of Web of Science Group.