Citation analysis is traditionally used to measure author impact. Citation analysis compares the number of academic publications you have published (quantity) to the number of times these publications have been cited by other researchers (quality). The h-index is the most common method of citation analysis.
The h-index is the number of papers (h) that have been cited h or more times. For example, if you have 10 papers that have been cited 10 or more times then you have an h-index of 10.
Disadvantages of H-Index
The g-index was created as an improvement to the h-index. It gives more weight to your higher-cited publications. The metric was introduced in 2006 but is not as widely accepted as the h-index.
The i10-index tracks how many of your publications have been cited by at least 10 other publications. It is a more straightforward measurement than the h-index or g-index. The metric is currently only used by Google Scholar.
Web of Science
Librarians can also help determine your research impact. For more information, contact your Liaison Librarian.
Publish or Perish
Each tool may produce varying results depending on the scope of its database. For an accurate picture of your research impact, use more than one tool and compare the results.
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