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Research Metrics: Author Metrics

Types of Author Metrics

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.


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.

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).

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.

Look up a specific author

You may want to find metrics that quantify your own research output, or that of another author.

Try starting with Web of Science and Scopus.

Example: Find metrics for Temple Grandin, professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University

Go to: Web of Science

Go to Author Search. Enter Dr. Grandin's name, and refine your search until only articles by Temple Grandin appear in the results. Click on "Create Citation Report." What is Dr. Grandin's h-index according to Web of Science?

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Go to: Scopus

Search for Temple Grandin. Select an article written by her, and click on her name to view research metrics, her Scopus Author ID number, and other information. What is Dr. Grandin's h-index according to Scopus?

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Google Scholar & Microsoft Academic Search

In Google Scholar, authors can create their own My Citations profile pages and works they've published. Google Scholar then calculates certain metrics. Here are some UOIT scholars who have public profiles. If an author has not created a page, metrics will not be available (unless you calculate them yourself). In contrast, Microsoft Academic Search creates pages for authors automatically (see: Temple Grandin's page). Authors can edit and create profiles if they wish. 

Create researcher profiles, set up alerts, and register for author IDs

Tools are available to help you calculate metrics for your scholarly work, and increase your visibility online.

Try creating a Google Scholar Citations profile.

Go to: Google Scholar Citations

Create a profile. You can choose to keep it private, or make your profile public. 

Once you have created a profile page, you can view metrics such as number of citations for each article, h-index, and i10-index. You can also set up alerts so that you will receive an email when someone cites one of your articles. For more information, go to Google Scholar Citations Help.

Example: Richard Feynman - Google Citations page

Image of Rcichard Reynman's citation profile in Google Citations

You can also set up alerts in Web of Science ("My Citation Alerts") and Scopus ("Alerts").

In both cases, registering for an account is required.  

Registering for and linking Author IDs

Author IDs make it easier to distinguish between authors with the same or similar names; they provide a unique identifier. Author IDs are issued by different organizations and companies. Some examples include: ISNI (an ISO standard), ORCID (an open, non-profit registry), Scopus' Author ID and Web of Science's ResearcherID.

Try starting with ORCID. 

Go to: Register for an ORCID

Fill in in information manually, or -- if you have articles in Scopus -- import your research activities from Scopus.

With ORCID, you can create a public or private profile.

Some people use this profile to link to their various author ID and online profiles, as well as personal websites, blogs etc.

Example: Brian Kelly

ORCID and public profile:

Links to: Scopus Author ID and profile page, LinkedIN, blog, etc.

Information from Kelly, Brian. (19 November 2012). "Why you should do more than simply claiming your ORCID." UK Web Focus.

To add more IDs to your profile, search for your name in Scopus and Web of Science.

Unique Author ID

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

All Databases with Author's Citation Counts

Find citation counts and trace citations in these databases.

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.