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Tracking Your Research

H-index, generating author profile & publication reports

  • The h-index is a metric that attempts to qualify the impact and the quantity of a researcher's publication output
  • The h-index favours established researchers as it increases over time
  • The index h, defined as the number of papers with citation number higher or equal to h, as a useful index to characterize the scientific output of a researcher (J. E. Hirsch. (2005). An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(46), 16569)


Scopus can be used to obtain a range of metrics relating to an author and their work. To generate an author profile which includes h-index:

1. access Scopus and click the Author Search tab

2. enter Author's surname and initial or first name and click Search

3. at the Author search results page, click on the name of the author to review their details

This page contains profile information about the author and their publications that are indexed in Scopus. It also contains a full publication list. This information is customisable and a report can be exported.

Recommendation: export the Author profile in SciVal to create an overall research performance report 

1. click export profile to SciVal (which uses Scopus data)

Note: Scopus is currently updating pre-1996 cited references going back to 1970. The h-index might increase over time.

  1. once in SciVal, the profile will be added to your saved researchers, if you have exported it from Scopus
  2. click on the Overview tab, to generate an overall research performance report that can be exported as a PDF (date range 2012-2017)
    • Included is a full list of publications, academic-corporate collaboration, publications in top journal percentiles, outputs in top citation percentiles, international collaboration.
  3. click on the Benchmarking tab, to generate an overall research performance (date range 1996-2017). This overview is not exportable. However, click on full list of publications to generate an exportable list of publications including all Scopus metrics.

Web of Science can calculate a range of author metrics, including h-index. To carry out an author search:

  1. select Author Search from the drop-down menu above the search box

  2. type surname and first initial/s (use Author Finder to help you to find variants of the same author name or to distinguish one author from another by field of research and/or address)

  3. click Search, manually select your publications 4. click Create Citation Report (on the right of the page). This includes graphs showing citation patterns and a calculation of the author's h-index. This report is customisable and can be exported


  1. click on +more

  2. enter Author Name, Select Research Domain/s, Select Organisation 

  3. review Article Groups and review list of publications, click on Create Citation Report

Google Scholar @ MQ allows you to set up a profile which contains your publications and citations counts. The profile also provides you with various author metrics, such as h-index. In order to set up your profile, you need to have a Google account.

To create your profile:

  1. go to Google Scholar @ MQ and click the "My Citations" link at the top of the page

  2. log in with an existing Google account, or create a new one

  3. complete the form with your details, and click the "Next step" button

  4. review the list of publications, and use the "Add" button to add them to your profile. When you've added them all, click the "Next step" button

  5. choose how you would like to deal with changes to publication and citation data, and click the "Go to my profile" button to view your profile

  6. if there are articles you've written which don't appear in your list of publications on your profile, you can add them manually by selecting "Add" from the "Actions" drop-down menu

  7. to make your profile public, click on either the "Make my profile public" link in the yellow box at the top of the page, or the "edit" link next to "My profile is private"

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Use researcher impact metrics to:

  • show evidence of high quality refereed publications, creative works or other scholarly activities
  • demonstrate national and international recognition in discipline
  • demonstrate esteem by national or international peers


G-Index is calculated by ranking author's articles from highest to lowest citations, then find the largest number (the top g articles received together at least g2 citations).

Advantages of the G-Index:

  • Accounts for the performance of author's top articles
  • Helps to make more apparent the difference between authors' respective impacts.  The inflated values of the G-Index help to give credit to lowly-cited or non-cited papers while giving credit for highly-cited papers.  

Disadvantages of the G-Index:

  • Introduced in 2006. and debate continues whether G-Index is superior to H-Index.  
  • Might not be as widely accepted as H-Index.  

The G-index was proposed by Leo Egghe in his paper "Theory and Practice of the G-Index" in 2006 as an improvement on the H-Index.