Calculate your controversial 🙂 h-index:
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Calculate your h-index (Hirsch index) in Google Scholar
What is the h-index?
e.g. a h-index of 20 means the researcher has 20 papers each of which has been cited 20+ times.
An alternative to total citations which can be disproportionately affected by a few very highly cited papers.
Where to start:
With Google Scholar there are a variety of sites and programs that can help you calculate your h-index. These
are generally free and quality varies.
Recommended sites and services:
1. Citations Gadget for Google Scholar http://code.google.com/p/citations-gadget/ – adds a search
box to an iGoogle page, not browser specific and needs a Google account.
2. Scholar H-index Calculator https://www.mat.unical.it/ianni/wiki/ScholarHIndexCalculator
– adds metrics to the standard Google Scholar site. Easy to use and available for Mozilla Firefox(version 3+ of the add-on recommended with a recent version of Firefox) and Google Chrome.
3. Scholarometer http://scholarometer.indiana.edu/
– add-on for the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers appears as a sidebar when installed.
4. Publish or Perish http://www.harzing.com/pop.htm
– application (Windows/Mac/Linux) that calculates a wide variety of metrics.
5. My Citations
including the h-index. The profile can be public or private.
How to search
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o It is possible
These are useful to eliminate namesakes
o Once you are satisfied you may want to make a note of how you searched. This will save time if youneed to repeat the process.
The results screen should show your h-index, and possibly other metrics.
use, all can do this except 2).
Michael Whitton Jan 2013
Using Google Scholar for the h-index
o Covers a wider range of sources,(especially conferences, technical reports and eprints).
o Easier to calculate some of the less proprietary data thus more innovation)
o May be considered a less authoritative than Web of Science
o More difficult to search where there are multiple authors with the same family name & initials limited options to refine
Issues to be aware of:
o In general you can only compare values within a single discipline. Different citation patterns will mean for example an average medical researcher will generally have much larger h-index values than a world-class mathematician!
o Also if you are comparing people all h-index values need to be found using the same database, and using the same method.
o The h-index may be less useful in some disciplines, particularly some areas of the humanities.
o For more details see http://www.soton.ac.uk/library/research/bibliometrics
o References to articles in the scientific literature.
o Calculating the h-index with different databases (e.g. Web of Science).
o Other bibliometrics including variations on the h-index.