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Measure Author Metrics

What are author metrics?

  • Author metrics are measures that determine the impact of an author’s research.

What is the h-index?

  • The h-index of a researcher is the highest number of publications with at least that number of citations 
  • For example: a researcher has an h-index of seven if he/she has seven publications with at least seven citations

What are the benefits of the h-index?

  • It is not affected by a single highly-cited publication
  • It is calculated by citations to an article, not to the journal it is published in, which is a more accurate representation of the author’s impact
  • It can be used to calculate impact of groups of researchers, departments, and institutions
  • Available on Web of Science, Google Scholar

What are the limitation of the h-index?

  • Limited by total # publications, so it’s not as beneficial to early-career researchers, and publishing pace varies between disciplines 
  • No inclusion of informal mentions (ex. Social media, news, blogs)

What is Egghe’s g-index?

  • Puts more weight on highly cited papers
  • Not as widely accepted as h-index

What is i10 index?

  • Number of publications with at least 10 citations
  • Free and easy to calculate
  • Only used in Google Scholar

Resources to help with metrics

Link to guide: Research MetricsLink to guide: Measure Author MetricsLink to Guide: Find Alternative Metrics

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