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Impact Measurements

Guide to creating profiles and finding metrics for authors, articles, journals, and institutions.

Author-level metrics

Web of Science (Clarivate)

Use the name search under the "Researchers" tab to identify the variants of an author’s name. Find an author record using the author's Web of Science ResearcherID or ORCID ID, or affiliation.

Highly cited authors are included in Essential Science Indicators.

Citation report:

  • Times cited
    • Without self-citations
    • Average per item
  • H-index (see below)
  • Citing articles
    • Without self-citations

Records can be sorted using the following alternative metrics:

  • Usage (all time)
  • Usage (last 180 days)

Scopus (Elsevier)

Search "Author" tab by author name, ORCID, or keyword. Click on "View citation overview" for the author's profile.

SciVal - Analyze more author metrics in SciVal, including individual Field-weighted Citation Impact (FWCI). Use McGill email address to create personal account for access.

Scopus citation overview options:

  • H-index (see the graph below)
    • Exclude self citations
    • Exclude citations from books
  • Times cited:
    • Exclude self citations of selected author
    • Exclude self citations of all authors
    • Exclude citations from books
  • Documents in top citation percentiles
  • Documents in top 25% of journals by Scopus metrics (CiteScore Percentile/SNIP/SJR)

Alternative metrics for authors:

  • Number of co-authors
  • Documents by subject area

Google Scholar

Impact measurements are available for those authors that set up Google Scholar profiles.

Citations metrics:

  • Citations (all or in the past 5 years)
  • H-index (see graph below; all or in the past 5 years)
  • i-10 index - number of publications with at least 10 citations (all; past 5 years)

Alternative metrics:

  • Number of articles with public access based on funding mandates.

Dimensions (Digital Science)

Includes publication citations, linked clinical trials and patents, as well as supporting grants.

Citation metrics:

  • Citations
  • Publications with citations

Alternative metrics:

  • Maps up to 500 researchers in the author's network
  • Research category filters:
    • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
    • Fields of research

The h-index graph below marks the place where the number of citations meets the number of papers published. Read more about the h-index from Hirsch's article in arXiv.


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