Citation databases track citations included in the reference lists of publications.
Results of citation analysis will vary dependent upon the database used. This variation may occur because databases index different publication sources, across different publication date ranges. Some variation may also occur due to the inclusion of poor quality data - such as duplicate records, misspelt citations, missing authors and other citation data.
Many databases include citation count data. However, no single database will index all publications by an individual researcher.
Jorge Hirsch proposed the h-index or Hirsch index in 2005 as a means of quantifying the impact and productivity of a scientist. The h-index is calculated on the number and impact of a researcher’s publications. An h-index of 40 means that a researcher has published 40 papers that each have at least 40 citations.
NOTE: H-index is included in NURO for University of Newcastle RHD students, researchers and conjoint staff.
An author's h-index may be different in each database, since the calculation is based on the indexed content within each resource.
Alternative metrics can provide details about the usage of publications, such as the number of:
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Check for library holdings of the book
Has the book been cited?
Has the book been reviewed?
Web of Science - Select Cited Reference Search, enter the author name in the Cited Author box, the first words of the book title in the Cited Work box and click Search. When results display, Select All, scroll to bottom of screen and select Book Review from the Document types drop down list.
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