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Research

Measuring Your Impact

There are various methods of measuring the impact of a publication, a researcher and their research.

  • H-Index : an index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output (J.E. Hirsch).
  • Citation Analysis : the process whereby the impact or "quality" of an article is assessed by counting the number of times other authors mention it in their work.
  • Impact Factor : a measure of the frequency in which the average article in a journal is cited in a particular year. Impact factors measure the impact of a journal, not the impact of individual articles or authors.

Citation Analysis - Web of Science

To find an author's citation and H-index count in Web of Science:

  • Enter the name of the author in the search box (e.g. Smith JT) and select the Author Search option..
  • To ensure accuracy for popular names, add an additional search box, enter their institution and then select “Address” from the field drop down menu on the right.
  • Click on Search
  • Check the Citation Network box to the right of the results.  It shows the H-Index, Sum of Times Cite and Citing Articles.

Journal Impact Factors and Other Measures

The Web of Science has a module called Journal Citation Reports that tracks journal impact factors.  The Library does not have a subscription to this module.

  • Most journals will list their latest impact factor on their website
  • SCIJournal.org lists the impact factors of many medical journals