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Research Impact

Author Impact

There are various ways to measure your impact. Traditionally impact is measured using the number of times your publications have been cited. While citation metrics are commonly used, there are limitations. For example, citation behaviour is discipline dependent, h-index does not account for author placement in the author list, which is of significance to some disciplines, and metrics vary from one data tool to another. Citation metrics need to be used cautiously and within discipline context. 

Calculating your h-index:

There are subscription-based and free services to calculate your h-index.  Each tool covers different journals and the metrics may be different from database to database.

H-index The most widely used research metric, measures both productivity and citation impact of an author's scholarly output.
G-Index Proposed in 2006 by Leo Egghe as an alternative to the H-index, adds more weight to highly cited articles.
Publish or Perish Tool to use, if you find that not all of your publications are included in a database.



Below are databases and free sources that can be used to calculate your h-index:

Author Name Disambiguation

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It is important to distinguish your research and publishing from the work of others, consistently using the same form of your name is key. Unique identifiers help consolidate your publications under one author profile. 

ORCID Provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researcher from one another. 
Researcher ID A unique identifier by Clarivate Analytics that allows researchers to manage their publication lists, and avoid author misidentification. The Researcher ID may be linked to ORCID.
SCOPUS Author ID Unique identifier used in SCOPUS, published by Elsevier. The SCOPUS Author ID may be linked to ORCID.