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Scholarly Publishing

A guide to publishing, from the funding & research phases to final publication!

H-index and Google Scholar

Google Scholar has a Chrome extension which will calculate your h-index for you.You must install Chrome to use the calculator. 

Download the extension 

Note: you will not see the icon in your bookmarks toolbar on anywhere but the Google Scholar pages (as shown below).

The easiest way to utilize this tool is to create an author profile on Google Scholar. 

  1. First, sign to your Google account, or create one if you don't yet have one. We recommend that you use a personal account, not an account at your employer so that you can keep your profile for as long as you wish.
  2. Once you've signed in to your Google account, the Citations sign up form will ask you to confirm the spelling of your name, and to enter your affiliation, interests, etc. We recommend that you also enter your university email address which would make your profile eligible for inclusion in Google Scholar search results.
  3. On the next page, you'll see groups of articles written by people with names similar to yours. Click "Add all articles" next to each article group that is yours, or "See all articles" to add specific articles from that group. If you don't see your articles in these groups, click "Search articles" to do a regular Google Scholar search, and then add your articles one at a time. Feel free to do as many searches as you like.
  4. Once you're done with adding articles, it will ask you what to do when the article data changes in Google Scholar. You can either have the updates applied to your profile automatically, or you can choose to review them beforehand. In either case, you can always go to your profile and make changes by hand.
  5. Finally, you will see your profile. This is a good time to add a few finishing touches - upload your professional looking photo, visit your university email inbox and click on the verification link, double check the list of articles, and, once you're completely satisfied, make your profile public. Voila - it's now eligible to appear in Google Scholar when someone searches for your name!

Once your account has been set up, you can click on "My Citations" to see your h-index score!

Calculate h-index in Web of Science

Web of Science provides citation counts for articles it indexes. WoS indexes over 10,000 journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. 

To find someone's h-index: 

  • Enter the name of the author in the top search box (e.g. Johnson RE).   Select Author from the drop-down menu on the right.
    • Have a popular name? Add another search box and enter either the institution name OR town and then select “Address” from the field drop down menu on the right.
  • Click "Search"
  • The Citation Report link is on the right hand corner of the results page.  Click on it, and the H-index is on the right of the screen.
  • You can remove items from the list if they are not your articles. WoS does a great job linking authors to publication records, but there may be some issues, especially with popular names.