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Journal Rankings, Research Impact, and Scholarly Publishing: Author Impact Factor


The h-index measures the productivity and citation impact of a certain author. It is important to note that different resources use different algorithms and the h-index can be higher or lower depending on the resource used.


ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) is a "persistent digital identifier" for manuscripts and grant submissions

  • Authors are assigned a unique number to associate with publications and grants
  • If used during the manuscript submission process, ORCID syncs with Crossref and Scopus Author ID
  • Users can either enter citations manually or set ORCID to automatically add new publications
  • NIH, CDC, and AHRQ require individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards are required to have an ORCID iD
  • It is free and easy to signup!


Publons is a free research profile for keeping track of not only publications and citation metrics, but also peer reviews performed and journal editing work.

  • Powered by Web of Science and ORCID
  • Can automatically import or update:
    • Publications from Web of Science, ORCID, or a bibliographic reference manager (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc.)
    • Verified peer review and journal editing history