Faculty frequently need to report two metrics related to books for annual evaluation, promotion/tenure dossiers, and grant proposals:
The h-index is calculated from the number of citations to the body of publications by one author over time. For example, an h-index of 10 means an author has 10 publications that have 10 citations or more. The h-index may include citations to articles, books, and other publications depending on the discipline and the source of the h index. For more information, see the J.E. Hirsch's article about the development of the index.
You may need to consult multiple citation databases because no one resource includes all of your books/book chapters or counts all citations to them. Your choice of databases will be determined by your subject area and the number of books included in a database.
Google Scholar. This citation database includes citations to your books, book chapters, articles, and more. It's the most inclusive tool regarding types of publications and subject areas. The easiest way to gather all of the citations to your publications in GS is to create My Profile (see a professor's profile) starting from the home page. The profile has the added benefit of making your publications easier for other researchers to find as it comes up first in a search for your name.
Web of Science. This subscription resource is considered the "gold standard" in citation databases. It includes 90,000 individual book titles, mostly from series. The most thorough way to find the total citations for a book is to do a Cited Reference Search (3.24 minute video), which additionally identifies incomplete/erroneous citations. The database is strongest in the science disciplines.
Scopus. This subscription database from Elsevier includes 150,000+ individual book titles, notably more than Web of Science. Currently, the Libraries do not have a subscription to Scopus, but we plan to in the future. Meanwhile, you can use the Scopus Preview: Author Search to find citation counts for your books/book chapters and see the citing publications. The database content is significantly skewed toward the science disciplines.
ACM Digital Library, IEEE Xplore, MathSciNet, SciFinder-n and other subject-specific databases. Most subject-specific databases include at least a small percentage of books in their content. Ask Erin O'Toole, Science Librarian, whether databases in your subject area include citation counts for books.
Publisher websites. Many publisher websites now provide a count of citations to individual books and/or chapters.
Multiple citation databases calculate the h-index for an author based on citations to books, book chapters, articles, and more over a period of time. When selecting which h-index to use, consider which database covers the majority of your publications. Two things to remember about the h-indices from different databases:
Google Scholar. This citation database calculates your h-index for all citations and from the past 5 years, plus your i10-index, which is the number of publications with 10 or more citations. The h-indices are based on citations to your publications, including books and book chapters. Create My Profile (see a professor's profile) starting from the home page in order to obtain your h-indices.
Web of Science. This subscription database calculates your h-index from the number of citations to your books, book chapters, articles and more from the publications tracked by Web of Science from 1995 through the current year.
Scopus. This subscription database from Elsevier calculates your h-index from the number of citations to your books and books chapters from the publications tracked by Scopus. The citations mainly come from peer-reviewed journals, and many fewer books and conference proceedings. Currently, the Libraries do not have a subscription to SC, but we plan to in the future. Meanwhile, you can use the Scopus Preview: Author Search to find your h-index.
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