Calculating the h-index

As outlined in previous pages, the main tools used, and available to you are:

  • Web of Science
  • Google Scholar (Publish or perish)
Which tool should I use?

There are pros and cons associated with each of the tools above. For example, your choice will depend on the titles covered by them. In the case of Web of Science, the calculation will also be affected by the nature of your library's subscription to it - perhaps the subscription may not cover conference proceedings.

Here is a video from Web of Science showing how to calculate your h-index:

To get the most accurate h-index value possible for your publications it is important that your search is carried out correctly. Look at the section on Searching for your publications for instructions on how to search by author.

To find the h-index using Google Scholar (Publish or Perish):

  • Download the Publish or Perish software onto your computer
  • Run an author search
  • Select the authors which should be included in the calculation by ticking the list
  • The results pane will give you values for the total papers retrieved, the total citations and the h-index

View the MyRI H-index Datasheet which details the pros and cons of using each of these tools to calculate your h-index.

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My RI by University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the NDLR adapted by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at