Introducing the h-index on ResearchGate

See your h-index, including and excluding self-citations.

There are many ways to measure scientific output and impact. Taken together, they offer a more comprehensive view than one alone. That’s why we’re adding another metric to ResearchGate: the h-index.

The h-index, developed by Jorge E. Hirsch, attempts to reflect researchers’ productivity and scientific impact. It’s based on researchers’ most cited papers and the number of citations these publications received.

This number of citations traditionally includes self-citations. Self-citations are often necessary to show previous research a publication is based on. However, as self-citations don’t signal the impact of research in the broader scientific community, they tend to inflate the h-index.


On ResearchGate, you can now see the h-index both including and excluding self-citations. We only show citations from scientific literature, reflecting impact in the scientific community. You also get a quick overview of your and others’ top h cited publication.


Check your h-index now

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