Research Impact: H-Index
h-index is a method of measuring the productivity and impact of a
researcher's work. It was developed in 2005 by Jorge Hirsch, a physicist
at the University of California in San Diego. Hirsch’s aim was to
qualify the impact and quantity of an individual scientist’s research
Note: some grant schemes do not allow the use of h-index in grant applications, e.g. NHMRC. Refer to scheme-specific rules to determine what information should be included. Funding rules change from year to year.
of Science, Scopus and Publish or Perish (using data from Google
Scholar) can be used to calculate an h-index. (See limitations box on
- Web of Science - multi-disciplinary citation database of peer-reviewed literature with tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
- Scopus - multi-disciplinary
citation database of peer-reviewed literature with tools to track,
analyze and visualize research. Citations from 1996.
- Publish or Perish - software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these
researcher's h-index can be calculated manually by locating citation
counts for all published papers and ranking them numercially by the
H-Index - Research Impact - LibGuides at University of Melbourne