Personal impact

Personal impact can be measured both quantitatively and qualitatively.

As well as contributing to academic discourse, your impact can be reflected outside the scholarly literature.

Consider your research in the context of:

  • The wider community.
  • Uptake by practitioners.
  • Social media reach.
  • The adoption of a new product.
  • The commercialisation of a product for industry.
  • The discovery of a new drug.
  • Unsolicited feedback from the public or other experts in your field.
  • Impact on policy or legislation.

Ensure your publishing name is unique

Consider how to distinguish your name from other authors. This ensures that your publications will be correctly identified and attributed to you.

For example, the author Jing Sun might consider using all their initials when publishing, so search engines record their name as: J.X.V. Sun.

Always include your institution's name

Include the name of your institution in the address line of your publications. This will assist other researchers to locate your work.

For more information, see the Author identifiers guide.

Increase your visibility by creating a profile on social media platforms and depositing outputs at the University of Auckland Research Repository, ResearchSpace.

University Research Repository

Place a copy of your publications in the University Research Repository, the digital collection of the University's research outputs, including full text theses, publications and working papers.

How the University Research Repository increases visibility

  • It is indexed by all of the major search engines, including Google Scholar.
  • It optimises a researcher's social impact as repository items are accessible to the general public.

How the University Research Repository tracks impact

Click View Statistics from the item record to see

  • The total views of your repository item records if the full texts cannot be made publicly available.
  • The total downloads of your repository items if they can be made publicly available.

Copyright checking 

Check on the SHERPA/RoMEO site for the version that can be archived. Copyright checking will be done by repository specialists to decide if the uploaded versions can be made openly accessible.

For more information on uploading to the University Research Repository, see the instructional guide (login required).

Social media

Social media platforms can rank highly in search engine results.

Collaborate, share and discuss your work to increase your visibility.

    A social networking tool for academics. Sign up and upload your information about your publications, research interests, and your curriculum vitae (CV). You can also follow research in a particular field.
  • LinkedIn 
    A professional networking site widely-used in both industry and academia.
  • Twitter 
    Share, discuss and follow news of interest. For best practice tips, see the guide for academics and researchers using Twitter from the London School of Economics.

For more information on using social media to increase visibility, see Social media for researchers.

Creating a profile in Google Scholar Citations helps you keep track of your citation counts and connect with scholars with similar interests. 

Sign in to create a profile with a personal Google account.

Setting up your profile

Step 1: Profile page

  • Add your university email address
    Your profile will then be included in Google Scholar search results.
  • Add areas of interest
    You can then follow research themes as similar profiles are linked by common interests.
  • Add your department or discipline and university affiliation
    This will enhance your profile with academic credentials.

Step 2: Articles

  • Articles are automatically retrieved - add them one by one or as a group.
  • If an article does not appear in the list, click Add article manually in the left hand column to search and retrieve articles.

Step 3: Updates

  • Set automatic updates
    Save time by choosing to automatically update the list of publications.

View your profile

  • Add a photo
    Choose one that makes you appear both professional and approachable.
  • Verify your account
    Check your university email and click on the verification link.
  • Make your profile public
    To increase your visibility, select the option to make your profile public. When your articles are retrieved in Google Scholar, your name will be linked to your profile.

Create new publication and citation alerts

  • Click Follow to create alerts for new articles added to your profile or new citations to your articles.

Change settings

  • You can change your name, university affiliation, areas of interest and email anytime by clicking Edit.

After setting up your profile, search for your name in Google Scholar and review your public profile.

H-Index Example
Source: Wikipedia Commons

The h-index is a citation based attempt to measure both the productivity and impact of a scientist.

"The index h, defined as the number of papers with citation number greater than or equal to h, is a useful index to characterise the scientific output of a researcher." - J.E. Hirsch.

For early career researchers, the h-index has some limitations, as this video from MyRI explains.

Calculation tools

A researcher's h-index can be calculated using Google Scholar, Web of Science or Scopus citation indexes.

Which one should I use?

Because of the differences in coverage, the h-index will vary depending on the database used to calculate it.

A number of considerations need to be taken into account when using the h-index.

To understand these, refer to the following:

Web of Science and Scopus

The University of Auckland's Research Outputs (login required) shows your h-index based on Scopus or Web of Science approved records.

Google Scholar

By signing up for Google Scholar Citations, you can view the h-index calculations for your individual publications and an overall figure based on citations in Google Scholar.

H-index variations

Your h-index from Google Scholar is likely to be higher than your h-index from Web of Science or Scopus. This is due to Google Scholar's wider coverage of publication types (eg, conference papers and theses). included in Google Scholar.

Last updated : 20 October 2017
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