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Author metrics attempt to measure and compare researcher impact. One of the primary author metrics is the h-index, which combines productivity and impact measures. Alternative metrics include

  • g-index, which weigh highly-cited papers more heavily
  • hi-index, which takes the number of co-authors into account
  • hc-index, which weighs newer articles more heavily than older articles
  • m-index, which takes career length into account

Authors can see who is citing their publications using cited reference searching. Authors can ensure their papers are correctly identified and connected to them using author identity systems.

  • h-index

    The h-index can measure an author's relative research impact, as opposed to a simple citation count. The h-index is based on the set of the author's most cited publications and the number of cited references those publications have received. The h-index is an alternative to the journal impact factor metric.