Research assessment metrics are an efficient yet highly simplistic method of assessing the quality and impact of research. In recent years there has been a growing call by scholars to do away with them in favour of more nuanced approaches.

For this activity, calculate your personal h-index using one or more of the tools below.

Google Scholar Profile

Connect: Google Scholar Citations. Set up your own scholar profile here.

Source Data: articles from an undisclosed number of journals, conference proceedings, reports, plus an undisclosed subset of the books available in Google Books, etc.

Scholars must set up their own profiles, and may make choose to make their profiles private or public. Public profiles are retrieved by a search by the author’s name in Google Scholar, for example, Edward Slingerland (UBC faculty member).

Reports for each author include:

  • Hirsch’s h-index
  • i10 index
  • Total # number of citations

Harzing’s Publish or Perish

Download Harzing’s Publish or Perish free software: here

Source data: Google ScholarWeb of Science Core Collection Microsoft Academic Search and several others. i.e. journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, book chapters, etc. 

Metrics available for each author include

  • Average citations per paper, citations per author, papers per author, and citations per year
  • Hirsch’s h-index and related parameters
  • Egghe’s g-index
  • Average annual increase in the author’s h-index

Complete this challenge

Having produced your h-index, write a brief insight reflecting on the value of such a measure in the comments blow. In what ways does this value represent your impact? What are the strengths and weaknesses of relying on metrics to assess impact?

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