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How do I find the h-index for an author?


Perform an Author Search and use the Create Citation Report feature in Web of Science.


If you are UVA School of Medicine faculty, contact the Health Sciences Library. A project team now has access to the UVa Faculty Profiles system and can retrieve your h-index for you. Contact to make a request.


The h-index is a measure to characterize the scientific output of a researcher. The value of h is equal to the number of papers (N) that have N or more citations. The h-index was developed by J.E. Hirsch and published in PNAS in November 2005.

The Thomson Reuters Web of Science (WOS) database calculates an h-index based on UVa's Web of Science subscription (1970 - present) and any timespan you set. The WOS h-index calculation will not include publications older than 1970.

Before calculating an h-index, you will want to have a current copy of your CV available. 

Step by Step: 
  1. On the Library's homepage, locate the Databases column, then select Web of Science.
  2. Verify you are searching the Web of Science Core Collection:
  3. Select Author Search from the drop-down above the search box.
  4. Enter the author name as directed and click Select Research Domain:

    *** Note, if your name has changed during the course of your career, select + Add Author Name Variant as needed. *** 
  5. Use the Research Domain tree to select the search domains associated with the author.  This is helpful for authors who have common last names.  Use the plus symbols next to the terms to see specific disciplines.

  6. Next click Select Organization (optional) to further narrow your search, or the Finish Search button to complete your search. Multiple organizations can be selected if you have worked at multiple institutions during the course of your career. 
  7. You can now verify that the results returned are your publications. Use the Author Search Results Record Sets to review the results:
  8. On these pages, you can review grouped records. Use the checkbox to the left of each record to select your publications. Once done, select View Records.
  9. From the Author Search Results page, click on the Create Citation Report link to the right of the first citation:
  10. From the Citation Report screen, see the h-index noted on the right. Click on the [?] for more information about the h-index.



If after searching via the steps above you find you are missing many of your publications, you may wish to try this alternative search method. This method searches additional databases, but in the case of common names, will return many more results.

  1. On the Library’s homepage , locate the Databases column, then select Web of Science.
  2. Be sure you are searching All Databases:
  3. Enter your last name and one or more initials, being sure to change the dropdown box to Author:

    If your name has changed during your career, you will need to enter multiple names in this field. An example – jones ab OR brown ab
  4. If your name is common, you will want to enter a search strategy to limit the search to all institutions where you have worked. For example, for UVa, you might use this strategy - 2290* OR "Univ Virg*" OR "University Virg*" OR "University of Virg*" OR Charlottesville. You will need a similar strategy for each institution from which you have published. Add a field for this search strategy, being sure to change the dropdown box to Address:
  5. Click Search.
  6. Click Create Citation Report:
  7. You can now view your h-index. However, you may want to review the papers used to create the report. By selecting the checkbox next to an individual paper, you can exclude it from the calculation if it is not yours:
  8. View your revised h-index.

For additional information about searching for an author's h-index, request a consultation or email


Watch Web of Science's video tutoral to create your citation reports.