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Publication Metrics

This is a guide to the various metrics used to measure research impact.

Google Scholar Profile

In order to get the most of My Citations and My Library tools, you must have a Google account and a Google Scholar Profile. To create your profile, click on My Citations and follow the on-screen prompts.

  • By default your profile is private, but there is an option to set your profile to public. Public profiles are eligible for inclusion in Google Scholar search results.

Additional information on setting up your profile is available from Google.


My Citations

Use Google Scholar to keep track of citations to your publications. Once you have created your profile, Google Scholar will try to find all of your publications and add them to My Citations.

  • You can delete incorrect citations
  • You can manually add citations that were not automatically included

By default, citations are ranked by citation count. It is possible to re-sort by publication year. My Citations displays the following information for all of your citations and for the last 5 years:

  • total citation count - total number of citations to all of a researcher's publications
  • h-index - is calculated based on the number h of a researcher's publications that have at least h citations
  • i10-index - total number of a researcher's publications that have 10+ citations

Remember that since Google counts citations from all types of resources, citation counts will be higher than those in other citation resources such as Web of Science or Scopus.

Additional information on My Citations is available from Google.

My Library

My Library is a useful tool for flagging articles of interest in Google Scholar.

  • By default My Library will include all articles listed in My Citations as well as articles you cite.
  • Click the Save link under a reference in your search results to add it to My Library.
  • Use Labels to organize the citations within My Library