Evaluating Your Impact

A standard method for evaluating an author’s impact and reputation exist through a calculation called the h-index, which measures:

  • The number of publications an author has created
  • The number of times each of those publications has been cited
    Example of the h-index calculation by Western University Libraries

Google Scholar – My Citation/Citation Profile

Publish or Perish

  • Free Software
  • Utilizes information extracted from Google Scholar
  • Best for advanced users, looking for metrics beyond h-index

Academic social networks: 
There are alternative methods of calculating the impact of your research. Academic social networks like Academia.edu, ResearchGate and Menedeley all offer statistics that can complement standard methods of calculation. Additional information on these academic social networks can be found in “Where to Publish”



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