Citation counts and h-indexes (or similar) are commonly used for measuring author impact. They can be used to:
Many article databases provide citation numbers and/or lists of citing documents, for example, Scopus, Google Scholar, OVID databases, JSTOR, EBSCO, PubMed, and IEEE.
There are some key tools you can use to find the influential authors in your research field, and who has cited your published work and where. We recommend you use all three. Although they may return identical results, there is a good chance that at least one tool will find something the others do not.
Other library databases, such as EBSCO, Emerald, ACM Digital Library, IEEE Xplore, JSTOR, ScienceDirect, SpringerLink and Ovid, also provide citation information. These database can be used as additional tools for finding citations of your articles.
Scopus assigns each author a unique number and groups all publications written by that author (and indexed in Scopus) to create a author profile. Author profiles allow you to analyse the citations and other data relating to an author's publications.
To find an author profile:
Watch the Scopus Search for an author and view their profile tutorial.
Dimensions enables analysis of author impact under the Researchers filter. Metrics include publication citations, Field citation ratio (FCR), Relative citation ratio (RCR), and Altmetric scores.
You can use Google Scholar My Profile to create your profile and use it for tracking citation counts. The h-index and i10-index in your profile are automatically updated by Google Scholar. Making your research profile public will help other researchers find your publications.
See our Researcher ID and Profile guide for more details on creating a Google Scholar profile.
Google Scholar does not have the analytical capacity of Web of Science or Scopus. But a software programme Publish or Perish developed by Anne Harzing uses Google Scholar to retrieve and analyse citations. This free sofeware can be downloaded from its website.
Use Author Search to find an author's publications and h-index.
Watch the video: Publish or Perish software: Author searches