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Scholarly Publishing: Author Metrics

It's All About You

Author metrics allow you to determine the influence and productivity of an author or researcher.  An author's impact is determined by many factors, including how often they are cited and in what types of journals they are cited.  There are also non-traditional factors, including links to author's works on websites, types of press choosing to publish an author's work, and what repositories contain copies of an author's work. 

Author metrics are available in Google Scholar

Determining an Author's Impact

h-Index  Measures the productivity and impact of a scholar’s published work, using the author’s most cited articles and the number of citations they have received in other publications.  For more information on the strengths and disadvantages of this measurement, see One h-Index to Rule them All?  on citation reports and h-Index.

Harzing's Publish or Perish  The software program uses Google Scholar to retrieve and analyze academic citations to present statistics on citations, journal metrics, and author metrics.

See also:  Altmetrics.


Determining h-index

  • You can  use Google Scholar Citations to calculate your own h-index. Sign up for a free account. Step-by-steps instructions are available after you log in.
  • Caution: ​Google Scholar has been noted  to produce inflated numbers because of its inclusion of non-scholarly content.

Take Charge!

Take charge of your author metrics!  This will allow you to keep track of your cited references and other metrics like your h-index.

ORCID  "Provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher."

Google Scholar Citations Includes FAQs about claiming and setting up an author profile in Google Scholar. GS Citations example.