Skip to main content

Measuring Your Impact: Research Metrics: Google Scholar Metrics

This is a guide to the various metrics used to measure research impact.

Google Scholar Profile

In order to get the most of My Citations and My Library tools, you must have a Google account and a Google Scholar Profile. To create your profile, click on My Citations and follow the on-screen prompts.

  • By default your profile is private, but there is an option to set your profile to public. Public profiles are eligible for inclusion in Google Scholar search results.

Additional information on setting up your profile is available from Google.

 

My Citations

Use Google Scholar to keep track of citations to your publications. Once you have created your profile, Google Scholar will try to find all of your publications and add them to My Citations.

  • You can delete incorrect citations
  • You can manually add citations that were not automatically included

By default, citations are ranked by citation count. It is possible to re-sort by publication year. My Citations displays the following information for all of your citations and for the last 5 years:

  • total citation count - total number of citations to all of a researcher's publications
  • h-index - is calculated based on the number h of a researcher's publications that have at least h citations
  • i10-index - total number of a researcher's publications that have 10+ citations

Remember that since Google counts citations from all types of resources, citation counts will be higher than those in other citation resources such as Web of Science or Scopus.

Additional information on My Citations is available from Google.

My Library

My Library is a useful tool for flagging articles of interest in Google Scholar.

  • By default My Library will include all articles listed in My Citations as well as articles you cite.
  • Click the Save link under a reference in your search results to add it to My Library.
  • Use Labels to organize the citations within My Library

My Updates

Google Scholar tries to help you discover new articles that might be of interest.  My Updates is a list of references that is automatically generated based on the information you include in My Citations. More extensive lists are available to users who have made their profiles public.

Alerts

Set up Alerts If you would like to be notified when new articles on a particular topic. There are 2 ways to create Alerts.

  1. From the Google Scholar landing page
    • Click on Alerts.
    • Click Create Alert.
    • Enter your search terms, email address, and indicate whether the maximum number of results should be set to 10 or 20.
  2. From your search results
    • Click the Create Alert link from the menu on the left
    • Click Create Alert.
    • Enter your email address, and indicate whether the maximum number of results should be set to 10 or 20.

Alerts can be directed to a non-gmail email address, but the recipient must first respond to a confirmation email from Google Scholar. An Alert can be canceled at any time. Alerts cannot be edited. If you want to make a change, you will have to cancel the original Alert and create a new one.

Metrics

Google Scholar Metrics ranks journals based on their h5-index.  A journal's h5-index is based on the citation count of articles published within the past 5 years. For example, if a journal's h5-index is 56, that means 56 articles published in that journal have at least 56 citations each.

  • The default display is for top publications in English. It is sorted by h5-index.
  • Clicking on the h5-index number for a publication will display references of the most highly-cited articles in that publication in descending order.
  • Clicking on the Cited by number for a particular reference will display a list of publications that cited a particular article.
  • You can browse titles by general subject areas, selected sub-categories, and by language.

Additional information on Google Scholar Metrics is available here.