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The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of a scholar. It is based on the set of a researcher's most cited papers and the number of citations they have received in other publications. A scholar with an index of 'x' has published 'x' papers, each of which has been cited at least 'x' times.

Your h-index may vary slightly across a range of sources as the calculation is based on the indexed content of each database. For comparable databases (say, Scopus and Web of Science), choose the h-index measure which is highest!

  • Further Reading:
    Norris, M. & Oppenheim, C. (2010). The h-index: A broad review of a new bibliometric indicator. Journal of Documentation, 66(5), 681-705. doi: 10.1108/00220411011066790
  • Further Reading:
    Spicer, A. (2015, 21st May). Explainer: What is an H-index and how is it calculated? The Conversation.

Calculate your h-index


In Scopus - the Author Details page provides many useful article level metrics for an author, including number of publications, total citations, citation counts for particular papers, h-index, etc. Click on Analyze Author Output button for a range of easy-to-read charts analysing an author's publishing output in greater detail

Conduct an Author search
Click on name of target Author to get Author Details 
Click on Analyze Author Output button for more display options


In Web of Science - do an author search. Then, select a work by your author, before clicking on "Create Citation Report" to get access to a range of author metrics including total publications. h-index, average ctations per item, sum of times cited and number of citing articles for the author's works collected in Web of Science.


Publish or Perish - a free software program that retrieves and analyses academic citations. Publish or Perish uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these. The quality of data varies, use with caution.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Citations - provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can see who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and retrieve a range of citation metrics (total citations, citations per paper, h-index, i10-index, etc). We also suggest that you make your profile public, so that it appears in Google Scholar results when people get resuts on your name or publications

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