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Nursing Resources: Bibliometrics--Author impact

What is Bibliometrics?

The process whereby the impact or "quality" of an article is assessed by counting the number of times other authors mention it in their work. Citation analysis involves counting the number of times an article is cited by other works to measure the impact of a publication or author. 

The caveat, however, there is no single citation analysis tools that collects all publications and their cited references. For a thorough analysis of the impact of an author or a publication, one needs to look in multiple databases to find all possible cited references.

What is an "h-index"?

The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. The index can also be applied to the productivity and impact of a scholarly journal[1] as well as a group of scientists, such as a department or university or country.[2] The index was suggested in 2005 by Jorge E. Hirsch, a physicist at UCSD, as a tool for determining theoretical physicists' relative quality[3] and is sometimes called the Hirsch index or Hirsch number.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar provides citation counts for articles found within Google Scholar.  Depending on the discipline and cited article, it may find more cited references than Web of Science or Scopus because overall, Google Scholar is indexing more journals and more publication types than other databases. Google Scholar is not specific about what is included in its tool but information is available on how Google obtains its content

  • Using your google (gmail) account, create a profile of all your articles captured in Google Scholar.  Follow the prompt on the screen to set up your profile.   Once complete, this will show all the times the articles have been cited by other documents in Google Scholar and your h-index will be provided.  Its your choice whether you make your profile public or private but if you make it public, you can link to it from your own webpages.
  • See Albert Einstein's

Finding Your "h-index" in Scopus

Scopus provide citation counts for articles indexed within it (limited to article written in 1996 and after).   It indexes over 22,000 journals from over 4,000 international publishers across the disciplines.  To find an author's h-index in Scopus:

  • Once in Scopus, click on the Author search tab.

  • Enter the name of the author in the search box.  If you are using initials for the first and/or middle name, be sure to enter periods after the initials (e.g. Smith J.T.). 

  • To ensure accuracy if it is a popular name, you may enter University of Illinois in the affiliation field.  

  • Click search.

    • If more than one profile appears, click on your profile (or the profile of the person you are examining).  Under the Research section, you will see the h-index listed.

    • If you have worked at more than one place, your name may appear twice with 2 separate h-index ratings.  Select the check box next to each relevent profile, and click show documents.

Web of Science

Web of Science provides citation counts for articles indexed within it.  It indexes over 10,000 journals in the arts, humanities,  sciences, and social sciences.

  • To find the citation counts to your own articles:
    • Enter the name of the author in the top search box (e.g. Smith JT).  
    • Select Author from the drop-down menu on the right.
    • To ensure accuracy for popular names, enter Univ Illinois in the middle search box, then select “Address” from the field drop down menu on the right.  (You might have to add the second search box by clicking "add another field" before you enter the address)
    • Click on Search
    • a list of publications by that author name will appear.   To the right of each citation, the number of times the article has been cited will appear.   Click the number next to "times cited" to view the articles that have cited your article.