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Calculate your h-index

Learn about the h-index and how it is used to measure research output

What is the h-index?

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

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

For example, 15 publications cited 15 times or more, is a h-index of 15.

Read more about the h-index, first proposed by J.E. Hirsch, as An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output.

Find your h-index


  1. Do an author search for yourself in Scopus
  2. Click on your name to display your number of publications, citations and h-index.

Google Scholar

  1. Create a Google Scholar Citations Profile
  2. 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.

Watch Using Web of Science to find your publications and track record metrics 

h-index tips

  1. Citation patterns vary across disciplines. For example, h-indexes in Medicine are much higher than in Mathematics
  2. 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
  3. h-indexes do not account for different career stages
  4. Your h-index changes over time. Recalculate it each time you include it in an application

Provide additional information about your metrics when talking about your h-index.

Example statement

A statement about your h-index could follow this format:

"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 (Web of Science, 05/08/19). I also have an additional 3 papers not indexed by WoS, with 29 citations based on Scopus data (01/12/20)"

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