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Research Metrics

Author Metrics

Author metrics show an author's overall impact based on all the author's publications and the number of times they were cited.

Use author metrics to track how often an author's work is cited, discover who is doing similar work, track the work of colleagues, explore the evolution of the literature, identify key scholars in the field, and build a profile so others can find your work.

Use these databases to track who has cited an author's article.

Types of Author Metrics

h-index
This metric measures the productivity and impact of an author. The index is based on the author's most cited papers and the number of citations those articles received in other publications. The h-index can also be applied to individual authors, a group of authors, an institution, a country, or a journal.

h-index

SNIP - Source-Normalized Impact per Paper
Citation impact is weighted based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely.

Researcher Profiles

A researcher profile is an online profile that helps track and organize research output. A researcher can use their profile to publicize the work they are doing, ensure proper attribution and affiliation, make contacts within their field of study and track the research of others.

Look at the web presence of your peers, mentors, and field experts

  • What content do they include?
  • What platforms are they using?
  • How does their web presence and researcher profiles impact your impression of them?

Ask yourself: What do you want to achieve? What do you want to communicate about yourself?

FGCU Library (2018). Scholarly communication: Researcher profiles. Retrieved from https://fgcu.libguides.com/sc/researcherprofiles

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AltMetrics Tools

Altmetrics focus on readership, diffusion and reuse indicators that can be tracked via blogs, social media, peer production systems, collaborative annotation tools (including social bookmarking and reference management services).

Unique Author ID

Having trouble identifying a specifc author? These groups are working to help create unique author identifiers.

Tips & Tutorials

Each author citation source provides different results depening on database coverage. Look through several citation sources to get an idea of the true impact of an author's work. Use the following tips:

Search all variations of an author's name: last name; last name, first and middle initials; last name and first initial.

Search by lead author to locate the cited reference.

All Databases with Author's Citation Counts

Find citation counts and trace citations in these databases.