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Calculate Your Academic Footprint: Overview

This Guide

Developing skills to determine an individual's scholarly impact is becoming essential to advancing an academic career (Hirsch, 2007).

This Calculate Your Academic Footprint guide:

  • Overviews a process for creating a master publication list and master citation list
  • Explains how these master lists are possible through data available in citation-tracking databases, and through the support of a bibliographic management tool (such as RefWorks)
  • Provides a process for keeping your citation counts current and relatively self-sustaining over time
  • Describes how you can calculate a more robust and accurate h-index


1 Hirsch, J. E. (2007). Does the h index have predictive power? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104(49), 19193-19198. doi:10.1073/pnas.0707962104 

The Process

The process offered by this guide enables authors to proactively produce an accurate publication list (the 'master publication list') and to capture accurate citation counts for these publications (via a 'master citation list').

This flow chart captures the major steps of the process:Process flow chart

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