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Research Impact

A guide to the key tools for examining research impact, as well as setting up and managing your research profiles.

h-Index and Its Variants

The h-index is designed to measure the impact and productivity of a researcher. It identifies the highest number of papers from an individual's publication list to have the same or a higher number of citations. If a researcher has a h-index of 5 then they have at least 5 publications with 5 or more citations.

  • Google Scholar Citations (and commercial databases like Scopus and Web of Science) include h-index information. A researcher's h-index is likely to vary, depending on the database used to calculate it.
  • The i10-Index is only used by Google Scholar and measures the number of publications with at least 10 citations and is another way to help gauge the productivity of a scholar.
  • The g-index is more sensitive to a researcher's highly cited papers, identifying the top g articles that have received at least g2 citations.
  • The m-index takes into account years since first publication and is more relevant to an earlier career researcher than the h-index.

You can calculate your h-index by using the My Citations feature of Google Scholar or the freely downloadable program Publish or Perish, which also takes its citation information from Google Scholar.

An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output

[image from University of Melbourne guide]

Researcher Profiles and Identifiers

It is important that all of a researcher's published work (research outputs) is identified with them. Sometimes this can be difficult if their name and initials are the same or similar to other researchers. A researcher should consistently use a version of their name that helps to uniquely identify them.  A researcher profile can also link the researcher's name and research outputs to a unique identifier.

There are many free researchers profiles available. They are a valuable tool to:

  • Showcase your work to the world
  • Manage your publications list
  • Be identified by potential collaborators
  • Avoid misidentification
  • Enable your research output to be attributed to UPH
  • Track citation counts


Registration for an ORCID identifier is free and fast: go to and enter your name and email address and create a password.  NOTE: If you have more than one university email address, it is important that you make sure that your ORCID account has all your email addresses associated with it to avoid duplicate ORCIDs being created.

You can then link your ORCID ID to, and import information from, other sources such as:   ResearcherID. Scopus Author Identifier, and
Google Scholar Citations

How to Register for an ORCID ID
How to import your publications or other works into ORCID from third-party sites, such as ResearcherID and Scopus.
ResearcherID and ORCID integration
How to manually add works into your ORCID ID
How to link your Google Scholar profile and other websites to your ORCID ID
How to import your Google Scholar citations to your ORCID ID, using BibTeX Import feature


REGISTER for a Google Scholar Profile

  1. Sign in to your Google account, or create one if you do not have one.
  2. Go to Google Scholar and click on the My Citations link.
  3. Follow the prompts to set up your profile and add your publications.
  4. Review and complete your profile: for example, upload a photo and double check the list of articles.
  5. Ensure you make your profile public if you want other people to be able to view it.
  6. Visit your email inbox and click on the verification link.

For more detailed instructions see:

Google Scholar Citations : setting up your profile


Scholarly Peer Networks

UPH Digital Repository and the UPH Researcher

Socializing Your Research

It is becoming more common for academic researchers to raise the profile of their research in the community through Social Networking and other similar websites. Below is a list of suggested resources: