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Scholarly Impact: Author Metrics

What are Author Metrics?

Author metrics are ways in which one can determine that 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 respositories contain copies of an author's work. 

Author metrics are available in Scopus and Google Scholar. Please Ask a Librarian if you need help determining how to calculate and understand your author metrics.

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?

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.

Read more about methods for determing author citation metrics.

sample h-index

example of an author's h-index

Your Author Profile

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

Scopus Author Profiles Tutorials on claiming and managing an author profile in Scopus