Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Impact Metrics: Author Impact

Scientometrics, Bibliometrics, Altmetrics


To measure the research impact of an author find the citation counts and h-index of articles using Google Scholar, Web of Science, or Scopus. 

Use the 3 tools to measure your research impact to get contract renewals, promotions, and grants.

Pro tip: Set up email alerts on Google Scholar profiles to get updates on the latest research.

Understanding the Metrics

Citation and H-Indexes numbers are different depending on the topic. For example, mathematicians tend to cite less than biologists.


Altmetric Logo

Gaining in popularity is Altmetrics, a tool to measure the dissemination of research in social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, News outlets, Blogs, Mendeley).

Google Scholar

Search by author. Researchers with author profiles have a list of all their publications on the right of their profile.

Google Scholar graph of yearly citation indices

If no profile is available, search individual articles to view the citation count.

image of the search box

Web of Science

Search by author.

web of science author search

From the results list, follow the link for "create citation report" to view graphs and other data.

web of science citation report


Search the author and click on the name to see the author profile with h-index and citation counts. 

scopus author search interface

To compare article metrics, in the search results click "View citation overview" for graphs and other indexes

scopus citation overview

Library Homepage Facebook Youtube Instagram Twitter Telegram E-mail