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Research Impact: Impact Metrics

About Author & Article Impact Metrics

The h-index

Also known as Hirsch's h-index, the h-index measures both quantity and impact of an individual's scientific research output.The h-index is defined by how many (h) of a researcher’s publications have at least (h) citations each. In other words, an author with an h-index of 10 has at least 10 publications with 10 citations each. It can be calculated in Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar and other online services.

The Relative Citation Ratio (RCR)  NEW from NIH!
This new metric from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can only be used with citations that have a PubMed PMID. The RCR is "calculated as the cites per year of each paper, normalized to the citations per year received by papers in the same field and year. A paper with an RCR of 1.0 has received the same number of cites/year as the median NIH-funded paper in its field, while a paper with an RCR of 2.0 has received twice as many cites/year as the median NIH-funded paper in its field." It can be calculated using the NIH tool iCite for single or sets of citations.

Recommended Background and Resources

Contact

 

Andrea Ketchum, MLIS, AHIP
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
ketchum@pitt.edu
412-648-9757

 

Rose Turner, MLIS
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
rlt@pitt.edu
412-383-5006

Create an Author Citation Report & Calculate the h-index in Web of Science

Create an Author Citation Report in Web of Science. Simply follow this easy HSLS Guide on the Side to 1) create a personal Author Citation Report and 2) generate your h-index in Web of Science. (Click on the hyperlink or the image below.) Guide on the Side tutorials work best in Chrome or Firefox browsers.  

Calculate the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR)

iCITE - from the NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis

  • Enter a single PMID or a set of PMIDs for analysis into this tool.
  • Search by author name, title, MeSH keyword, etc
  • Input a maximum of 1,000 PMIDs

Coverage: The iCite database currently covers the years between 1995 and 2017.
See the extensive Help page for more details and examples.

Showcasing Your Research Impact Flash Class

Learn about Pitt's toolbox for presenting quantitative research impact reports in support of grant applications, appointment and tenure portfolio, and similar reports

Showcasing Your Research Impact Flash Class
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