Research impact is the influence or academic impact generated by a researcher's output. Economic, societal and cultural influence can also be considered as research impact.
Academic impact has many measures the most familiar being the h-index.
Note: it is important to choose one source and not to combine citation counts from each of the sources.
Example of a h-index calculation:-
h-index = 10 means a person has 10 publications which have been cited at least 10 times
Note: when using h-index calculations include information of the source and date accessed e.g. h-index calculated using Web of Science on 12 August 2014
Find your h-index at the three sources below. Click on each for instructions:-
- Enter the author's name in the top search box (e.g. Jones TA). Select Author from the drop-down menu. Enter Search. Note: You can enter affiliated institution in the middle search box. Select Address from drop down menu.
- Select Citation Report (right hand corner of the results page) then h-index is on the right.
- Select the Author search tab and enter the name of the author. If you are using initials for the first and/or middle name enter periods after the initials (e.g. Jones T.A.). Enter Search
- If more than one profile appears, select the profile of the person you are interested in. Under the Research section, you will see the h-index listed.
- If the person has worked at more than one place, their name may appear twice with 2 separate h-index ratings. Select the check box next to each relevant profile, and select show documents.
- Google Scholar Citations
Using your Google (Gmail) account, create a profile of all your articles captured in Google Scholar. This will show all the times the articles have been cited by other documents in Google Scholar. You can choose whether to make your profile public or private.
- Harzing’s Publish or Perish (POP)
Publish or Perish Searches Google Scholar. After searching by your name, deselect from the list of results those that you did not author. Your h-index will appear at the top of the tool. Note: To use this tool you must downloaded it first.