Scopus Incorporates the h-index to Indicate an Author’s Scientific Influence

Apr 24, 2007

Scopus, an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research, has announced that the h-index will be incorporated into Scopus and will include visual aids to assist in interpreting consistency and relevance. The h-index, considers the publication records of an individual, the number of papers published over n years and the number of citations for each paper. The result is a single number, the “h-index”. To provide the user with additional clarity Scopus has included a set of visual aids that present an overview of citation and publication patterns over time; revealing whether the h-index is dependent on a few highly cited papers or that the author’s papers have a relatively consistent volume of citations. The h-index will be automatically computed for individual authors and for collections of articles selected by the user. The metric quantifies the impact and relevance of an individual scientist’s research output by looking at the distribution of citations received by his or her publications for objective analysis.


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