How Do I...
Several options for finding background information on authors are listed below.
1. Use Web of Science or PubMed to conduct an author search to determine:
- How many articles have they published?
- What institution(s) are they affiliated with?
2. Use Web of Science to:
a) Find out how many times their articles have been cited:
Conduct an author search in Web of Science (or: for the paper of interest: click on the title, then click on each author's name to seach for their papers)
On the search results page:
Look at the “TIMES CITED“ information given directly under the citation
Sort by “TIMES CITED” (upper right) to see the author’s most cited publications
b) Get the H-index for the author:
The h-index one method for measuring an author’s productivity (there are many!!).
An h-index of 5: means the author has written 5 papers that have been cited at least 5 times
An h-index of 50: means the author has written 50 papers that have been cited at least 50 times
How to get the H-index:
After conducting an author search in Web of Science:
Click on “Create Citation Report” link in the upper right.
Web of Science will calculate the h-index for you, it is given on the page that appears (right of the graphs).
For more information on the h-index, see:
Nature paper on H-index: Nature 436, 900 (18 August 2005)
Paragraph explaining h-index from Nature paper above:
“The h-index is the highest number of papers a scientist has that have each received at least that number of citations. Thus, someone with an h-index of 50 has written 50 papers that have each had at least 50 citations. This, says Hirsch, is fairer than alternative measures based on publication. Counting total papers, for example, could reward those with many mediocre publications, whereas just counting highest-ranked papers may not recognize a large and consistent body of work.”
3. Search Google Scholar to find out if they have a Google Scholar Profile:
- EXAMPLE: searching for "Berthold Langguth" reveals this profile:
Google Scholar profiles:
- compile a list of a researcher's publications
- list citations to those publications
- (Web of Science and other databases also do this, citation metrics DO differ, this is a significant issue in academia
- calculate metrics such as: h-index, i10-index, etc.
- calculate metrics such as: h-index, i10-index, etc
- are available to anyone who wants to establish one
- typically only used by reseachers (scientists, university faculty, etc.)
- NOTE: h-index from Google Scholar and Web of Science differ - you need to:
- report the source of your information
- h-index according to Google Scholar for NAME on DATE, was: STATE VALUE
- h-index according to Web of Science for NAME on DATE, was: STATE VALUE
- understand why the values differ: because they use different data to make the calculations (WOS: uses articles indexed in their database; Google uses whatever they index on the web (which they do not disclose))