Right on top of Jane’s last post on Altmetrics, Google releases Google Scholar Metrics. The stated intention of Google Scholar Metrics is to provide “an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.” You can browse through the top 100 publications in English and several other languages, or search for publications by words in their title. Google Scholar then presents you with the h-index and h-median metrics. The h-index is a metric that attempts to quantify an individual’s scientific research output.
From the search result screen within Google Scholar Metrics, click on the h-index number and you will see which articles in a publication were cited the most and who cited them. Scholar Metrics currently covers many articles published between 2007 and 2011. Details on their inclusion guidelines can be found on the help page. While there is some disagreement over what constitutes a good metric to examine the impact factor for publications, I hope you will find this new publication metric tool both interesting and useful.