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The h-index is a simple way to measure the impact of your work and other peoples' research. It does this by looking at the number of highly impactful publications a researcher has published. The higher the number of cited publications, the higher the h-index, regardless of which journal the work was published in.


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titleHow is the h-index calculated on ResearchGate?

The h-index is calculated based on 2 bits of information: the total number of papers published (Np) and the number of citations (Nc) for each paper. It is defined by how many h of a researcher’s publications (Np) have at least h citations each.This means that if you have 1 publication with at least 1 citation, your h-index is 1, if you have 2 publications with at least 2 citations each, your h-index would be 2, and so on. 

On ResearchGate, you'll see two separate h-indices displayed for each author. The first metric is an h-index that includes self-citations. The second h-index displayed excludes self-citations so that anyone looking at the numbers can compare them and quickly gauge whether other authors are paying attention to a researcher's work.

Please note: The h-index takes into account only citations of your work from scientific literature, reflecting impact in the scientific community. Furthermore, it is calculated based on the publications in your profile. You can help us make sure your h-index accurately represents your impact by adding all of your work to your profile.


titleHow do I improve my h-index?

You can make sure that you have the highest possible h-index for your research by making sure that you add all of your work on ResearchGate. It is especially important to make sure that all of your publications that have been cited are on your profile to help improve your h-index. However, adding other work that hasn't yet been cited or has only been cited infrequently is a great way to create exposure for it, leading to more citations.  

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The RG Score is a metric that measures scientific reputation based on how all of your work is received by your peers. We believe that fellow researchers are the best judges of each other's work, and that all your research, published or not, deserves credit. With this in mind, your RG Score is based on how both your published research and contributions to ResearchGate are received by your peers.

A contribution is anything you share on Research Gate or add to your profile, from published papers and questions and answers, to negative results and raw data. Our algorithm looks at how your peers receive and evaluate your contributions and who these peers are. This means that the higher the scores of those who interact with your research, the more your own score will increase. 

In contrast to more traditional metrics, the RG Score focuses on you, an ever-growing community of specialists, and puts reputation back into the hands of researchers. 

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titleHow can I improve my RG Score and why does it decrease?
To improve your RG Score, ask a question or give another researcher a helpful answer. Share anything from negative results to data and published work. If it's valuable to the community, your peers will likely give you feedback, and this will play into your RG Score. Connect with others, contribute high-quality content, and your score will rise.

As it is a dynamic score, fluctuations are normal. Please note that the RG score is a relative score, which means that it takes the scores and interactions of every researcher into account when producing a relative rating of your contributions. 

titleHow does the RG Score account for quality?

The RG Score is based on what your peers think of your work. Low-quality contributions won't attract positive feedback and recognition from the rest of the community, so they won't contribute to a researcher's score in any significant way. With this in mind, we've given you the ability to downvote and flag any contribution that doesn't reach the standards upheld by the rest of the community. We'll be introducing more ways for you to point out these contributions in the near future.

titleCan I turn off my RG Score?

The RG Score is a metric that measures scientific reputation based on how all of your research is received by your peers. As an integral feature of ResearchGate, it can't be turned off or hidden. We are constantly working on ways to improve the RG Score to reflect your needs as a researcher. 

titleWhy can't I see my RG Score on my profile?

Your RG Score will be activated when it reaches 1. Only then will it be visible to other researchers. If you've just signed up and confirmed authorship of a significant number of publications, your RG Score will likely become visible with the next weekly update.

titleWhy can't I see my followers' contributions to my RG Score?

While we do not show contributions to the RG Score which are less than 1%, they are still included in the calculation of your score.

titleWhy is my RG Score not changing?

It is recalculated once per week, so depending on your interactions and the content you have added to your profile, it is likely that your new score will appear with the next update. 

Asking questions, providing helpful answers, or adding data and figures are all good ways to improve your RG Score. If your peers think it's worthwhile, they will likely give you feedback, which will affect your score. By connecting with other researchers and contributing high-quality content, your score will increase.