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Research impact and metrics: h-index

Information for UQ researchers on research impact and how it can assist in getting a grant or promotion. Measures include citation metrics, journal quality indicators, benchmarking, altmetrics and collaboration measures.

Find your h-index

Where... How to locate
Scopus Do an author search for yourself in Scopus, click on your name to display your number of publications, citations and h-index
Google Scholar Create a Google Scholar Citations Profile and make sure your publications are listed
Web of Science Create a citation report of your publications that will display
your h-index in Web of Science (YouTube, 6m:08s)

h-Index

The h-index is a measure of the number of publications published (productivity) as well as how often they are cited (impact).

PRODUCTIVITY + IMPACT = INFLUENCE 

h-index = the number of publications with a citation number greater than or equal to h.

For example, if you have 15 publications cited 15 times of more, you will have a h-index of 15

Use the h-index with care

  • Citation patterns vary across disciplines. For example, h-indexes in Medicine are much higher than in Mathematics.
  • h-indexes are dependent on the coverage and related citations in the database - always provide the data source and date along with the h-index.
  • h-indexes do not account for different career stages.
  • Your h-index changes over time - recalculate it each time you include it in an application.

Provide additional information about your metrics when giving your h-index in applications.

For example:

"My h-index based on papers indexed in Web of Science is 10. It has been 5 years since I finished my PhD. I have 4 papers (A, B, C, D) with more than 20 citations and 1 paper (E) with 29 citations (source: Web of Science, 05/08/16). I also have an additional 3 papers not indexed by WoS, with 29 citations based on Scopus data (05/08/16)"

Other measures

  • i10-index - number of publications with at least 10 citations
  • m-Quotient - accounts for career length, the h-index divided by the number of years since an author's first publication
  • g-index - modification of the h-index to give more weight to highly cited papers

Read h-index and Variants for an overview of various indices