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Research Interest Score

Citations

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Improving your stats

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The h-index is a simple way to measure the 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.  

track your achievements. On ResearchGate you can also see the people behind the stats, giving you the opportunity to find out more about the people interested in your work and even connect with them. 


See who's interested in your work

Stats are not just about numbers: they also represent actual researchers who are interacting with and learning from your research. On your Stats tab, you can see the profiles of your readers (provided that you've both chosen reader visibility settings that show authors when you've read their research), as well as the researchers citing and recommending your work. And you'll get demographic information about your audience by country, institution, seniority, and discipline. 


Understand the bigger picture

Your Stats tab provides a range of metrics to help you get a comprehensive overview of the impact of your work.

The Research Interest Score combines, reads, recommendations, and citations to give you a convenient way to help track the impact of your work within the scientific community. You can look at other people's scores to get an idea of their impact too. 

We show you citations of your work to give you a more detailed way to understand and track how your work is being referenced by others. You can also see your h-index, which gives you an idea of your impact based on your citations in relation to your publishing activity.

The time it takes for researchers to finally start citing your work can be long — anywhere between several months to several years. This is why reads are a great way to see early interest in your work by both ResearchGate members and non-members. You can also see which of your publications are read the most each week. 

Recommendations by other ResearchGate members give you an idea of the relevance of your work and tell you that people find your work useful.

Mentions show you where your work has been talked about online, outside of ResearchGate — such as on blogs, news sites, and Twitter. 


Keep up with your stats each week

We provide you with a weekly stats report to help you keep track of your impact. You can access your report directly from your Stats tab – we also notify you each week as soon as your report is ready.

Celebrate your success

We think it's important to stop and enjoy your achievements, which is why we notify you when you reach certain milestones for your stats. It's also easy for you to share your achievements with others via social media, so they can help celebrate your accomplishments with you.  


You can get an overview of your stats on your stats page.









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Stats on ResearchGate help to show that your work matters. 

By giving you a range of insights and information, your stats are a great way to understand the wider 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.

 

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