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Bibliometrics and citation analysis: Google Scholar metrics

What is Google Scholar Metrics

Most researchers are familiar with well-established journals and conferences in their field. They are often less familiar with newer publications or publications in related fields as their are simply too many.

Google Scholar provides an overview of publications to help researcher decide where to publish. You can browse the top 100 publications in several languages, ordered by their five-year h-index and h-median metrics, as well as select specific categories and view the top journals in in specific disciplines. Google Scholar also allows you to search publications by title or key words.

Scholar Metrics currently covers many (but not all) articles published between 2012 and 2016. It includes journal articles only from websites that follow the inclusion guidelines as well as conference articles and preprints from a small number of hand-identified sources. For more details, see the Scholar Metrics help page.

Finding Google Scholar Metrics

  • From Google Scholar, select the menu in the top left corner, and click metrics
  • This will display the top publications within Google Scholar
  • Select view top publications at the bottom of the list
  • This will display the top 100 publications within Google Scholar and can be filtered by Category and Language at the top of the list
  • Selecting the magnifying glass in the top right hand corner will allow you to search for specific publications using the title or keywords
  • Once you've searched for a journal, Google Scholar will display the 5-year h-index and the h-median metrics.

Please note

Journal metrics are used to evaluate the quality or caliber of the journal in which articles are published and should not be used to make any assessment at the article level. The Impact Factor and CiteScore is not an indication of article quality.