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Citation reports and h-index

What is an h-index?

An h-index is a rough summary measure of a researcher’s productivity and impact. Productivity is quantified by the number of papers, and impact by the number of citations the researchers' publications have received.

How do I calculate my h-index using Scopus?

Step 1: First open the Scopus author search form and search for an author's name

Step 2: Select the correct entry from the author results

Step 3: View the Scopus author details page which includes the h-index

  • Scopus' author details page gives many bibliometric details including the number of publications, the number of citations, and the h-index.

Troubleshooting: what if my publications are split into multiple author entries in Scopus?

That might be easily the case! If you have or had multiple affiliations, or one of the publishers did not put your middle initial on that paper, then you will end up with multiple entries in the author results page. There is no immediate action you can take to combine the results and get a newly calculated h-index, but you can send a request to merge authors. Simply select the author entries that should be combined and follow the instructions of the Scopus Author feedback wizard. The good thing is that the updated author entries will then be available to anyone, displaying the up to date h-index!

How do I calculate my h-index on Google Scholar?

Google Scholar can automatically calculate your h-index, read this online guide How to calculate your h-index on Google Scholar for further instructions.

Journal and Country Rankings can be found on Scimago

From the website: "The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a publicly available portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.)."