Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find the h-index for an author?

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To find your h-index, use Web of Science and perform an Author Search, then generate a Citation Report.

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If you are UVA School of Medicine faculty, contact the Health Sciences Library. A project team can assist with your h-index calculation via the Web of Science. Contact hsl-rdas@virginia.edu to make a request.

The h-index is a measure to characterize the scientific output of a researcher. The value of h is equal to the number of papers (N) that have N or more citations. The h-index was developed by J.E. Hirsch and published in PNAS in November 2005.

Web of Science (WOS) database calculates an h-index based on UVa's WOS subscription of 1955 - present (or any timespan you set). The WOS h-index calculation will not include publications older than 1955.

Step by Step

  1. On the Library's homepage, locate the Top Resources column, then select Web of Science.
  2. Select Author Search from the drop-down above the search box next to the search box.
  3. Enter the author name(s) as shown. In general, you can search last name initials OR last name, first name. Last name + single initial may retrieve too many citations, but may be necessary for those without middle initials:

    screenshot of search for collins fs or collins francis in Web of Science basic search
     
  4. Click on Search. You'll now be on a screen of resulting citations. Click the Create Citation Report button to the right:
    screenshot of create citation report button location on right of screen
     
  5. From the resulting screen you'll see a box with the h-index. You can click on the i button to learn about its calculation.
    screenshot of h-index location on right of screen
     
  6. You can also review the publications that were used in the calculation. Scroll down to see all the papers, and use the checkboxes to remove any items from the report that do not belong to you.
    screenshot of menu choice to remove items from report

ADDITIONAL SEARCH STRATEGIES

If after searching via the steps above you find you are missing many of your publications, or you have retrieved publications that aren't yours, you may need to try additional search strategies.

  1. Add Organizations. You can add the institution(s) where you have worked to your search. From the main search screen, enter the author search as above, but use the "Organization-Enhanced" field to add your institutions. Use the "Select available organizations from the index" for the most comprehensive organization search:
    screenshot of menu choice for select available organizations
     
  2. Refine Results. You can Refine Results after searching to narrow down to your publications. Perform an Author search as above, then use the left-side menu to Refine Results to Web of Science Categories or Organizations-Enhanced:  
    screenshot of web of science categories filter on left

Help

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