Scholars and scientists often want to know what impact they are having on their field of study. The most traditional way of quantifying this is to determine how many times one's publications have been cited in the literature. Citation indexes make this fairly easy to do, but to ensure accuracy it has to be done correctly and consistently.
This method is easiest and works fine for most purposes. Its drawbacks include:
Here's how you do it.
To avoid having to repeat this process every time you want to see your citations and h-index, you can register for a Publons ID. This allows you to claim a unique ID number for yourself within the WOS system, and then attach all your publications to it. After that, you (or anyone else) can get regular updates and reports, and avoid the Author Name problem when you want to repeat this procedure. The Publons account can be linked to your ORCID ID and will cross-populate your references. (Publons replaced the ResearcherID system.)
Citation metrics are only as reliable as the underlying data. Google Scholar's metrics are generally not reproducible and will differ - sometimes significantly - from data found in Web of Science. Google indexes a different, wider (and largely unknowable) universe of publications. It is very difficult to resolve author name ambiguity.
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