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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.
|Paper rank||Citations||Paper rank||Citations|
|1||10||1||1348||Neither researcher can have an H-index of more than 6.|
|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.|
There are a number of limitations and cautions to be taken into account when using the H-index. These include:
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.
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: