Calculating an H-Index Using Scopus

With the Scopus h-factor, you can easily realize the researcher’s value as it assesses both his impact and productivity. In this article, we will elaborate on how to learn an author h-index on Scopus – one of the most selective abstract and citation databases of peer-reviewed research literature, books, journals, and conference proceedings. Although Scopus is a subscription-based service, you can use Scopus Preview to view overall information.

A Step-by-Step Guide on Learning H-Index on Scopus

Even though many online platforms offer calculating Hirsch index, Scopus’ h-index search is considered most reliable. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to know author h-index in Scopus:

Step 1. Searching the Author

First, you need to open the author search form.

One of the options is to search for an author’s profile by their name and affiliation.

Another option is to search for the author’s profile using the ORCID number. In recent years, more authors have chosen to integrate their profiles within different platforms.

Let us see how it goes if we search for Smith J.L. from Northwestern University. Make sure you follow the example and enter the initials as “J.L.”, not “JL”.

Step 2. Analyzing the Search Results

It seems we provided enough information to find our researcher. At this point, you can already see the Scopus h-index score in the table. Click on the name of the correct entry to access more detailed information about the author.

Step 3. Scopus Author Profile Page

Scopus Preview users can view metric overviews (including h-index) and document and citation trends, as well as an author’s last ten documents.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is an H-Index?

The h-index is a measure that considers both the researcher’s productivity (number of publications) and impact (number of citations to these publications).

Why Should I Care about an H-Index?

Evaluating a researcher’s value is more important and complicated than it might seem. If you disregard the impact and only focus on the number of publications, you will end up with a researcher with a long list of papers that very few people consider significant.

On the other hand, if you only care about the number of citations, you risk stumbling on an unsustainable researcher with just a few successful papers. But once you combine these parameters, you get a reliable measure indicating the scientist’s performance – the h-index. It is well established that more successful scientists tend to have higher h-indices.

Is Calculating My H-Index on Scopus Free?

Yes, but it is only possible if you have your articles published in Scopus-indexed journals.


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