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Scholarly Communication & Research Support: Measuring Author Impact

 Author-Level Metrics

Author-level metrics address an author’s research productivity and impact. We can look to measures of overall scholarly output, h-index, citations as well as altmetrics.

  • e.g. Scholarly Output: Scholarly output measures the total number of publications of an author and is an indicator for author productivity.  
  • e.g. Citation CountCitation count measures the total number of times an author's publications were cited by other publications. Citation count is time-dependent, so publications published for years are more likely to receive more citations than recently published items, and authors with more publication experiences are more likely to have a higher citation count.  
  • e.g. h-index: h-index is the most widely used measure for author impact. An author has an h-index, if he/she has at least h publications for which it has received at least h citations. For example, Researcher A has an h-index = 13 if he/she has published at least 13 documents for which he/she has received at least 13 citations.
  • e.g. AltmetricsAltmetrics measure the use and importance of an author's publications, such as the number of downloads and page views, mentions in social media and news media. To learn more about Altmetrics, go to the Altmetrics page.

 Where Do I Find Author-Level Metrics?

Calculating Author Impact using Web of Science

Step 1: Find Web of Science Core Collection under 'W' in Databases A-Z list on library website.

Step 2: Select Author Search and search for the author record you would like to track by author name or ResearcherID

Step 3: If a large number of records matching your search are found, refine the results in the search result page. 

Step 4: Find the author in the result list and enter the detailed author record page. Here you may find the h-index and citation count of the author, and can view the details by clicking 'View Full Citation Report'. If you would like to further analyse the author's publications, click 'View as a set of results to export, analyze, and link to full text'.  


* Claiming Your Web of Science Author Record:

You may claim your author record by registering for a new Publons account or sign into Publons using your Web of Science username and password, and then confirm ownership.

Calculating Author Impact using Scopus

Step 1:  Find Scopus under 'S' in Databases A-Z list on library website.

Step 2: Click Authors to search for the author you'd like to find. Enter the name of the author or search using the ORCID. 

Step 3: Find the author in the result list and click the name to go to the author details page. Here you may find the total citations and h-index of the author, as well as his/her collaborators and research topics.


* Claiming Your Scopus Author Profile:

You may claim your Scopus author profile, edit your profile and associate your Scopus author profile with ORCiD by creating a Scopus account and logging in

Looking up a Google Scholar Profile

Step 1: Go to Google Scholar and search for author name and affiliation/organisation

Step 2: Click the author's name to enter his/her Google Scholar Profile page. 


Step 3: Find the author's impact measures in the profile page.



* Creating Your Google Scholar Profile:

Go to Google Scholar Citations to create your own profile and track your publications and citations. Click here for more details.