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Scholarly Impact

Resources to analyze authors, journals, and articles.

What is Author Impact?

Traditionally, author impact has been measured by looking at the number of publications you have, and the number of citations these publications have received. Author impact can be used for a variety of reasons including tenure and promotion, grant applications, and more. There are a number of tools available to capture author impact data that will be introduced below.

Common Author Metrics


A widely used and accepted measurement used for research output, available through Web of Science and Google Scholar. Refers to the number of publications attributed to an individual and how many times those publications have been cited.

  • Looks at the entire body of work form a researcher
  • Dependent on context and discipline
  • Does not account for a single work with large influence
  • Read more about the H-Index using the citation below.


Created by Google Scholar and used in Google's My Citations feature. The i10-Index = the number of publications with at least 10 citations. This very simple measure is only used by Google Scholar, and is another way to help gauge the productivity of a scholar.  

  • Very simple and straightforward to calculate
  • My Citations in Google Scholar is free and easy to use
  • Used only in Google Scholar

Resources for Author Metrics


The resources below are freely available, and you do not need to access these through the Library's Database A-Z list.

Lavery Library Resources

The following resources are available from on the Library's Database A-Z list.

Fisher Digital Publications

Fisher Digital Publications is Fisher's institutional repository, an online archive of works created by students, faculty, and staff.

Subscription Resources Available at Nearby Institutions

The following resources are available are additional author impact tools that require subscriptions and are available at area colleges.

  • InCites: Bibliometric analysis layer for Web of Science
    • Available from University of Rochester Libraries
  • Web of Science: Find and analyze your citing articles using an Author Record search
    • Available from University of Rochester Libraries or RIT Libraries 

Please visit these college or university library pages to learn how you can access these resources: