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Scholarly Metrics : Google Scholar

An overview of scholarly metrics and the tools you can use to find them.

Pros and cons

  • Access to many types of documents (e.g., government documents and un-published dissertations) 
  • Free resource with popular search format
  • No clear way to filter scholarly resources from other types of documents
  • Includes sources not considered toward scholarly impact, such as PowerPoint slides
  • Tracking another author's works requires that the author has set up a profile

 

Available Metrics

Google Scholar Metrics is available by clicking "Metrics" from the Google Scholar homepage. It offers a list of the top journals in specific fields according to their h-index and h5-median values, based on the citation information in Google Scholar.

Google Scholar Citations is available at: http://scholar.google.com/citations

It has the following features:

  • Authors can track their own publications (tracking of other authors' works is only possible if they have a profile). 
  • The types of metrics utilized are a simple citation count, h-index, and i10-index.
  • Set up automatic updates to the citation metrics.
  • Manually update your profile.
  • View information on citations for other authors by doing a search for them in Google Scholar and the scholarly metrics information will be listed under the citation information.

Setting up your Google Scholar Citations profile

You can sign up for a Google Scholar Citations profile:

  1. Sign in to your NYU Google Apps account (you can do this by logging in to your NYU email).
  2. Go to Google Scholar and click on the My Profile 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.

Ensure you make your profile public if you want other people to be able to view it.
 

For more detailed instructions see: 
Google Scholar Citations : Setting up your profile