Author and Article Metrics

Creating Your Researcher Profile

For information on creating your researcher profile, see Researcher profiles

ORCID - provides authors with a unique digital identifier. It can pull together all your author identities and is used for harvesting and institutional recording. It doesn't provide metrics.

SCOPUS - a large bibliographic database which provides citation metrics for publications and authors. Scopus creates a unique number, or author identifier, for each author with documents indexed in Scopus. This makes it possible to:

  • Distinguish between authors with very common names like Smith or Wang
  • Group together documents published by the same author whose name may have changed over time or may be cited in a number of different ways

WEB OF SCIENCE RESEARCHERID - similar to the Scopus Author Identifier and is a unique identifier for individual researchers. ResearcherID is integrated with the Clarivate Analytics database: Web of Science.

If you register for a ResearcherID you will be assigned a unique ID number that remains the same, regardless of whether your name or institution changes, and can:

  • Create an online profile showcasing your publications
  • More easily track the citation metrics for your publications indexed in Web of Science
  • Make it easier for others to find your body of work and identify you as a potential collaborator

IRIS - is the University of Waikato's internal research management system. IRIS doesn't produce metrics but it collects them from external sources and shows them in its user interface.

Standard Author Metrics

The traditional measure is the h-index, which  quantifies the actual scientific productivity and the apparent impact of the scientist. The h-index is based on the author's most cited papers and the number of citations they have received from other articles.

See also Research Impact & Visibility: Traditional and Altmetrics (Utrecht University Library) and Scholarly Metrics (Johns Hopkins)


This is calculated for you by:

Or the h-index can also be manually determined using citation databases (not for the faint-hearted!)


Calculated based on the distribution of citations  received by a given researcher's publications (adds more weight to highly cited articles). See Measuring your research impact: Author Impact


Used (only) by Google Scholar and indicates the number of academic publications an author has written that have at least ten citations from others. It was introduced in July 2011.

Article Metrics

For steps and instructions on using the following tools, see: