Wednesday, 10 September 2008

The h-index in SCOPUS

What is an h-index?

The definition provided by SCOPUS is ...

A scientist has index h if h of his or her number of papers
(NP) have at least h citations each and the other (NP – h)
papers have fewer than h citations each.

Or if you substitute real numbers, if Professor Blog has published 100 papers, of which 25 have more that 25 citations and 75 fewer than 25 citations he has an h index of 25.

What does it tell us?

The h-index is a performance metric which enables us to put a number to the impact and quality of an academic/researchers performance over time. The higher the number the better the performance. The h-index allows us to make comparisons between individuals and the performance of individuals within research groups or discipline areas.

How does it work in SCOPUS?

If you want to check your h-index go to the Author search form (tab on the main search page) and do the following:

  • Enter your name and affiliation e.g. Bournemouth University

  • Click Search.

  • Authors that meet your search criteria will display on a page headed Make Author Selection.

From the Make Author Selection page, do one of the following:

  • Click on the Details link next to your name. The Author Details page will display.

  • OR

  • Select your published output, and then click Citation Tracker. The Citation Overview page will display.

Note: Excluding author self citations may change hirsch index scoring and Citation Overview totals for an author or a group of authors.

  • From the Author Details or Citation Overview page, click the h-graph icon. The Author Evaluation Tools page will display.

It may be that you don't have publications on SCOPUS or your publications haven't been cited. You could try the same exercise using Professor Paul Curran (h-index=23) as an example.

An example?

It is also possible to do the same exercise for groups or subjects. For example searching for institutions by Affiliation, and then refining by subject.

The following was generated in this way using the Business, Management and Accounting subject category** to limit searches for each institution and then generating an h-index using the Citation Tracker.

  1. City University, London - h index = 18

  2. De Montfort University, Leicester - h index = 17

  3. University of Portsmouth - h index = 16

  4. University of the West of England, Bristol - h index = 16

  5. Bournemouth University - h index = 10

  6. Birmingham City University - h index = 8

  7. University of Huddersfield h index = 8

** Articles published since 1996


More information about Research Performance Measurement using SCOPUS.


Wikipedia article on the h-index

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