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Resources for Dentistry Graduate Students

Useful resources for Dentistry Graduate Students


An H-index gives a general indication of the number of publications an author has authored and number of times each of their publications has been cited. A high H-index generally indicates a great overall impact and wealth of publications of an author within their given field.

An H-index of 20 means that 20 of an author's publications have been cited 20 or more times.

Using Web of Science to estimate H-Index

  • Sign into Web of Science using your UTORid and password.
  • Click on "+ More" next to "Advanced Search."
  • Select "Author Search."
  • Type in the Author's last name and first initial and choose "Select Research Domain."
  • Select "Life Science Biomedicine" and choose "Select Organization."
  • Use the alphabetical listings to locate the organization the author works at and choose "Finish Search."
  • Click on the "Create Citation Report" button located at the top right of your search results.
  • The H-Index and other information will be displayed.
  • Hover over the "i" symbols for more information about specific terms.

Using Scopus to Estimate H-Index

  • Sign into Scopus with your UTORid and password.
  • Select "Author" to conduct an author search.
  • Type in author's last name, first initial and affiliation.
  • Click "Search."
  • Find the author you are interested in and click on their hyperlinked name.
  • Here you will be able to view their H-Index.
  • For additional information select "View citation overview."

Impact Factor & Eigenfactor

Impact Factor is the average number of citations generated from articles published in a journal from a given year. It is one method used to compare the significance of the impact of different journals within the field.

The Eigenfactor is another metric used to compare the significance of journals within the field. It differs from the Impact Factor in that citations from higher ranked journals positively affect the Eigenfactor of a journal more so than citations in lower ranked journals.

Often, when deciding where to publish research (e.g. a chapter of a thesis) these two factors may be consulted.

Using Web of Science to Compare Impact Factors and Eigenfactors

  • Sign into Web of Science with your UTORid and password.
  • Select "Journal Citation Reports" from the top banner.
  • Select the JCR Year you would like to view from the dropdown menu on the left-hand sidebar, and then click "Select Categories" to view a group of journals by subject. 
  • Check the box next to the subject you would like (e.g. "Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine"). Note that you can check as many boxes as you like to view multiple categories at once. Click "Submit."
  • Use the "Sort by" function to arrange the journals by different characteristics (e.g. Name, Total Cites, Journal Impact Factor, Eigenfactor score).