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Impact Factor and Other Ways of Assessing the Research Value of a Journal: H-Index

Various ways to assess the research value of a journal.

What is this measure?

The h-index (or Hirsch index) is an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other people's publications.

Finding an author's h-index

How to find the H-index of an individual author in Web of Science:


         1. Go to Web of Science from the library's web site:

         2. Enter author’s name and be sure the pull-down box indicates Author.

         3. Click Search.



         4. Refine Results by subject areas or other criteria if desired.




         5. Click 'Create Citation Report' link (right side of window, just above results list).


    create citation report


         6. The Citation Report lists the h-index near the top right of the page (Note: ? link for more information).