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Friday, June 14, 2013

Calculate an Author's H-Index

The h-index is an indicator of the number of highly cited citations an author has among their total published work.  Simply put, an h-index of h is the number of papers an author has that have at least h citations, so an author with an h-index of 10 has at least 10 papers that have received over 10 citations.  An intuitive graphical representation is shown here.  This calculation is used so that articles that are highly cited or have not yet been cited do not disproportionately weight the overall score.

To calculate the score, go to the ISI Web of Knowledge webpage, click on the Web of Science tab, and enter the author's name in the correct field.  A good way to enter an author's name is last name, first initial followed by an asterisk (*).  Once the search has been conducted, click on the Create Citation Report link at the top of the search results.  This will take you to a report page that has the h-index calculated for you.  How high of a h-index can you find?  The highest I could find was 212.

Google Scholar also has a way to calculate an h-index, however, a Google account is required and this approach is more tailored to calculating your h-index.  At the main Google Scholar page, there is a link at the top right called My Citations.  Click the link and login.  This leads you to a wizard where you fill in your details and add papers to your My Citations list.  After all your papers are added, an h-index is calculated.  Best wishes for a strong h-index!

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