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Measuring Research Impact

h-index, impact factor,altmetrics, publish

Citing references

Why are the number of citing references different in different databases?

Unfortunately, there is not one unique database that shows all cited references for all articles.  Each database is limited by 1) which journals it indexes and 2) date limits of journals indexed and 3) depth or completeness of journal indexing.  So, searching for the number of citations to a particular article may yield different results in different databases. In addition, indexing practices differ between databases so variants in author names and journal titles become a problem.


Compute your h-index

H-index (also called the Hirsch Index) was developed by a physicist to measure impact & productivity of a researcher. The formula uses number of papers and number of citing references per paper to calculate a score: It is the sum of the Times Cited divided by the number of results found.

Use Web of Science to find your h-index.  Example from the Citation Report:

citation report


Use Google Scholar to find your h-index. Example from Google Scholar profile:

Google scholar

Publisher's websites

Check the publisher's website to find citing references and Altmetrics

Example article from Wiley :