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HARC: Helpful Academic Researchers Companion

HARC has been designed to answer the questions researchers ask at every step of the research life cycle

Find top authors on a topic by using the Scopus ANALYZE SEARCH RESULTS

This process finds the authors who have published the highest number of documents on that topic.

1. Search Scopus

When viewing the Results List

2. View results found and if necessary, modify your search terms

3. To lick find top authors, sources etc. publishing on this topic, Select all results

4. Click on Analyze search results tool

Image showing Scopus Search functions, Analyze search results

5. Click on the AUTHOR tab to view Authors who have published most on this topic

- graph will compare the outputs of up to 15 authors

- the "Export" button will download up to approximately a maximum of 160 authors (does not display complete list of authors)

6. Click on the bar to view the Author's list of Publications

7. Click on a name to view the Author's Scopus ID

Image showing Analyze search results

View Scopus tutorials

Find top authors on a topic by using the TRENDS Module


SciVal draws its data from Scopus.

If you're interested in knowing the top 10 authors in a field, using the Analyze tool in Scopus is sufficient. However, if you wish to see ALL authors, SciVal is has an upper limit of displaying the top ~500 authors.

Login into Scival (requires setting up an account)

To find top authors, sources etc.publishing on a topic

1. Click on Trends

2. & 3. In Topics and Research Areas, use a pre-defined topic OR search and define a new topic

Screenshot of SciVal Trends Module

1. In Trends

2. Select the Topic

3. Click on Authors

3. Select Table view

4. Select all authors

- The Author List provides the following author metrics for each author:

  • scholarly output
  • views count (citations viewed on Scopus)
  • field Weighted Citation (higher scores are better)
  • citation Count (number of times cited) 

and clicking on each author displays further metrics options

5. Click on the small red arrow next to each metric to SORT authors by that metric.

6. Export results and PDF/Print or Save as a CSV or XML file

Image of SciVal Trends module - viewing a Topic

Find top authors on a topic by using ANALYZE RESULTS

Search the Web of Science database

When viewing the Results List

View results found and if necessary, modify your search terms

Click on Analyze Results

Image showing location of the Web of Science's Analyze Results link at the top of the results list

The Results Analysis will allow you to rank up to 500 records

1. Your search terms will be displayed

2. select Authors (scroll to view the many other options available)

3. in show the top, select how many top authors you wish to view ... 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 500

4. Analyse

5. Authors will be ranked by number of articles published

Image - Web of Science Analyze Results Screen

To View Records of a specific author

- Tick box to select author

- Click on View Records

Image - Web of Science Analyze results - select an author and view their publications

Analyze Results of the selected author's works

Find top authors on a topic by using CITATION REPORT

The Citation Report in Web of Science displays articles which have attracted the most citations.

1. Search for your topic

2. View your results list and modify your search keywords if necessary

3. Click on Create Citation Report

Image showing location of the Web of Science's Analyze Results link at the top of the results list

4. Records on the Results page are sorted by Times Cited -- highest to lowest by default. However, you can sort the results by selecting another sort option from the Sort by menu located at the top and bottom of the table.

Image showing the dashboard of a citation report in the Web of Science

The h-index

The author metric the h-index measures both the productivity and the citation impact of an author.

The h-index reflects the number of articles in the collection (h) that have received at least (h) citations. For example, an h-index of 8 indicates that 8 of the collection's articles have each received at least 8 citations.


The h5-index is based upon data from the last completed 5 years e.g. when selecting 2016, the h5-index will be for 2012-2016.


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