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Researchers Guide: Author impact

Information and tools for researchers

Citation index and H-index

Citation indexes and the h-index are the most common methods of evaluating the impact of authors. The h-index measures a researcher's relative impact on his/her discipline. 

How to create a citation report?

  1. Use the Author field on the Search page (or choose Author Search instead of Basic Search)
  2. Enter an author's name and initials to create a list of works the author has written
  3. Click the Citation Report link to analyze the citation activity to these items

Or ... watch this video to learn more:

Or ... watch this video to learn more:

Citation Alert for Authors

You can set up a citation alert and Web of Science will send you an email when someone cites your article. A Web of Science account is required to set up citation alerts. To create a Citation Alert, click on the Create Citation Alert box to the right of the article record.

The citation alert confirmation screen will appear with a link to create an RSS feed for citations to an article. You can manage your citation alerts by clicking on the My Citation Alerts link in the top right navigation menu.

Add the correct affiliation details to your publication!

It's important that the address field of all UMCG scientific publications contain the following string:

University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, ….,

The order of this string is crucial for the ranking of the University and the UMCG!
The addition of departmental or other details is recommended, but only AFTER this string.

Corresponding author

This also counts for publications on which the UMCG has participated with a corresponding author outside the UMCG or the University Groningen. 


As a researcher, you do not only want to keep track of your scientific output, you also want to get a clear insight into the social impact of it; scientific communication does not stop after your research is published!

The UMCG and Altmetric
Researchers can use the UMCG Altmetric Dashboard to find out what is being said about their publication on the web, by whom and how often. Please send an email to a.j.p.van.den.brekel@umcg or to get access to the UMCG Altmetric Dashboard.

Have a look at this overview of Almetric "mentions"directly related to UMCG publications 
(Feature: customizable shared public reports on personal, departmental, research institute or programm level)

Author identification

ORCID logo

‚ÄčORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher.

University of Groningen Library and the Central Medical Library  (UMCG) have started an ORCID Project:

  • to optimize the use of ORCIDs by researchers, ORCID is going to be the default author ID.
    Existing Researcher IDs and Scopus Author IDs can and should be connected to ORCID for optimal exchange and interaction.
  • Pure is the tool to register all author IDs
  • With a registered ORCID in Pure, updating publications into Pure will get much easier and more efficient (launch appox. spring 2016)

Below you can quickly search the 3 main author IDs:


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