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Scholarly Impact

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.

sample h-index

example of an author's h-index

Creating a Scholarly Profile

Creating a profile enables other scholars to identify your works easilty. If you don't manage your scholarly profile, selected websites many already be managing it without your input.