Scholarometer (in beta) is a tool that computes metrics for evaluating the impact of an individual author in a discipline, using the widely adopted h-index* and a variation, the hs-index that has been normalized for differences among disciplines. It’s a social (crowdsourcing) tool that combines citation data from Google Scholar with a visualization capability that shows networks between authors and research disciplines – possibly a new way to find potential collaborators, referees, members of grant panels and so on.
Here’s how it works: start by installing the Scholarometer sidebar extension to your Firefox or Chrome browser. Find an author by their Google Scholar ID or by name (first and middle initials and last name works best; there’s an advanced search too). Add a tag denoting the author’s research discipline (e.g., chemistry, organic) from a standardized list. Scholarometer goes out and fetches that author’s articles and citation data from Google Scholar, and returns a neat tally of total number of articles, total number of citations, h index, and the ‘Scholarometer percentile’ which is computed with respect to other scholars in the tagged discipline.
* The h-index is a measure of an author’s overall or lifetime scholarly impact; it is a number n such that the author has published n papers each of which has been cited n or more times – the higher the number, the more highly-cited papers that author has published.