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Citations, Altmetrics and Researcher Profiles: Researcher profiles

A guide to the key tools for examining research impact, as well as setting up and managing your research profiles.

Researcher profiles

There are many free researcher profiles available. They are a valuable tool to:

  • Showcase your work to the world
  • Manage your publications list
  • Be identified by potential collaborators
  • Avoid misidentification
  • Enable your research output to be attributed to UWA
  • Track citation counts
  • Enhance your UWA researcher profile page by including a link to other profiles

You may find that more than one profile is needed to best showcase all of your research. Each service has different advantages.

The University Library offers workshops and advice to help you set up your profiles. Contact your Senior Librarian for more information.

We recommend the following services:

The h-index

The H-index is a measure of an individual's impact on the research community based upon the number of papers published and the number of citations these papers have received.

The index was first proposed by J. E. Hirsch in 2005 and is defined as:

A scientist has index h if h of his/her Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np-h) papers have no more than h citations each.

As an example, a researcher with an H-index of 15 has (of their total number of publications) 15 papers which have been cited at least 15 times each.

 Researcher    Researcher  B  
Paper rank Citations   Paper rank  Citations   
1 10   1348  Neither researcher can have an H-index of more than 6.
2 8    2  159  
3 6    3  50  
4 5    4  4  Both researchers have an H-index of 4.
5 4    5  4 It cannot be 5 because they do not have 5 papers with at least 5 citations.
6 0    6  3  
Limitations and considerations

There are a number of limitations and cautions to be taken into account when using the H-index. These include:

  • Academic disciplines differ in the average number of references per paper and the average number of papers published by each author
  • The length of the academic career will impact the number of papers published and the amount of time papers have had to be cited. The H-index is therefore a less appropriate measure for junior academics.
  • There are different patters of co-authorship in different disciplines.
  • Individual highly cited papers may not be accurately reflected in an H-index.
Calculating your H-index

The H-index can be calculated using the library-subscribed databases Web of Science or Scopus, and also using the My Citations feature of Google Scholar or the freely downloadable program Publish or Perish, which also takes its citation information from Google Scholar.

However if you wish to create a true H-index based on all unique citations to your publications from all sources, you will need to calculate it manually.  The fewer papers you have the more significant each citation becomes in terms of calculating your H-index. Please contact Senior Librarians for more information on this process.

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Other sources

Google Scholar Universal Gadget

Enables users to search for the total number of citations of author(s). It provides a total citation count, total number of cited publications and Jorge E. Hirsch's H-Index.

Please note that this tool is only as accurate as Google Scholar is. 

Socialising your research

It is becoming more common for academic researchers to raise the profile of their research in the community through Social Networking and other similar websites. Below is a list of suggested resources: