Answered By: Robert Cole
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2018     Views: 2563

According to the National Institutes of Health website.

The h-index was proposed by Jorge Hirsch in 2005 as an alternative to the impact factor. The h-index quantifies scientific productivity and the impact of a scientist based on the set of his/her most quoted papers and the number of citations that he/she has received in other people's publications. For example, an author or journal with an h-index of 30 has written at least 30 papers that have each had at least 30 citations. Thus, a higher h-index indicates more publications that have been cited more often. This metric is useful because it takes into account the uneven weight of highly cited papers or papers that have not yet been cited.

To find your h-index:

  • Scopus: Search for your name in the Author Search. In the list of authors that comes up in the search results, click on Details. The Details page provides both the times cited and the h-index, with links to graphs and tables.
  • Web of Science: Register for ResearcherID to get your bibliometric data.

If you need further information on h-index, or a journal's impact factor, please contact your subject Liaison Librarian.

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