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Tracking Your Publications: Author Level Metrics

This guide provides an overview of the various types of author metrics and how to locate impact factors, citation counts, and journal metrics.

What are author level metrics?

Author level metrics are intended to provide a measure of impact of one particular author. Most author level metrics incorporate citation counts of articles written.

Citation counts can be analyzed for both an individual article or aggregated to provide a total for all articles for a given author.

h-index provides a measure of author productivity and impact. The h-index attempts to avoid some of the biases inherent in counts of citations and/or publications. For full details about the h-index, check out Hirsch's article proposing the h-index.

More about h-index

Using Google Scholar

Search Google Scholar for an author. If a user profile matches, you will see links to potential profiles.

Google Scholar Author Citation Chart

The i10-index is the number of publications with at least 10 citations. Note: This measure is used only in Google Scholar.

Using Scopus for Author Level Metrics

The following screenshots outline the author search and author influence information provided in Scopus.

Scopus Author Search

Author Details Page

Author Documents and Citations Graph

Author h-index - "A scientist has index h if h of his or her Np papers have at least h citations each and the other (Nph) papers have ≤h citations each" (Hirsch, 2005, p. 16569). Np = number of papers published

Documents by Source

Citations by Year