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Journal H Index in Google Scholar

Google Scholar indexes many kinds of scholarly information including journal articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, dissertations, teaching materials, etc. GS provides an H5 Index for most journals (H index for the most recent 5 full years) and also offers subject categories, ranking journals listed within each category.. To check a journal's H5 Index follow these steps:

  • click on the Metrics tab
  • click on the "search" icon
  • type in the title of the journal - you may need to try more than one spelling (e.g. with or without ampersand, alternate title, abbreviated title);
  • the h5-index and h5-median will appear if available;
  • select the hyperlinked h5-index number to view the h5-core (articles cited at least h times) and to see if the journal is in the top 20 of a subject category

Google Scholar: Books

Google Scholar’s strength lies in the fact that it not only indexes journal articles but also books, book chapters and other non-traditional sources such as promotional pages, table of contents pages, course reading lists etc. Caveats:Google Scholar is not as accurate as Scopus since it cannot remove self-citations and may include multiple entries for one work which can inflate results.


book search result with "cited by" number highlighted