Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Researcher profiles - Research Impact and Profiles - Guides at University of Western Australia

 Source: http://guides.is.uwa.edu.au/c.php?g=325233&p=2177891

Researcher profiles

There are many free researchers profiles available. They are a valuable tool to:

  • Showcase your work to the world
  • Manage your publications list
  • Be identified by potential collaborators
  • Avoid misidentification
  • Enable your research output to be attributed to UWA
  • Track citation counts
  • Enhance your UWA researcher profile page by including a link to other profiles
You may find that more than one profile is needed to best showcase all of your research. Each service has different advantages.

The University Library offers workshops and advice to help you set up your profiles. Contact your Senior Librarian for more information.

We recommend the following services:

The h-index

The H-index is a measure of an individual's impact on
the research community based upon the number of papers published and the
number of citations these papers have received.

The index was first proposed by J. E. Hirsch in 2005 and is defined as:

A scientist has index h if h of
his/her Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np-h)
papers have no more than h citations each.
As an example, a researcher with an H-index of 15 has (of their total
number of publications) 15 papers which have been cited at least 15
times each.

 Researcher    Researcher  B  
Paper rank Citations   Paper rank  Citations   
1 10   1348  Neither researcher can have an H-index of more than 6.
2 8    2  159  
3 6    3  50  
4 5    4  4  Both researchers have an H-index of 4.
5 4    5  4 It cannot be 5 because they do not have 5 papers with at least 5 citations.
6 0    6  3  
Limitations and considerations
There are a number of limitations and cautions to be taken into account when using the H-index. These include:

  • Academic disciplines differ in the average number of references per
    paper and the average number of papers published by each author
  • The length of the academic career will impact the number of papers
    published and the amount of time papers have had to be cited. The
    H-index is therefore a less appropriate measure for junior academics.
  • There are different patters of co-authorship in different disciplines.
  • Individual highly cited papers may not be accurately reflected in an H-index.
Calculating your H-index
The H-index can be calculated using the library-subscribed databases Web of Science or Scopus, and also using the My Citations feature of Google Scholar or the freely downloadable program Publish or Perish, which also takes its citation information from Google Scholar.

However if you wish to create a true H-index based on all unique
citations to your publications from all sources, you will need to
calculate it manually.  The fewer papers you have the more significant
each citation becomes in terms of calculating your H-index. Please
contact Senior Librarians for more information on this process.

Read more about the H-index:

Researcher profiles - Research Impact and Profiles - Guides at University of Western Australia

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