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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 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 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

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

View Scopus tutorials

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

Web of Science Analyze by author

To View Records of a listed author

  • Tick box to select author
  • Scroll dow & Click on View selected

Search Scopus for a specific researcher's metrics


  1. In the Scopus Search page, either search for an author by name or author identifies (e.g. ORCID) OR click on an author's name in a Scopus citation record
  2. The author's details will display

Search SciVal for a specific researcher


In the overview module,

  • Click on Researchers and Groups
  • Find either a single author or create a group of author
  • Although SciVal uses Scopus citation data, an author's research metrics may differ in each database if the user does not make sure that both databases are searching the same date ranges

Search the Web of Science for a specific researcher's metrics


  1. Search for the author whose profile you would like to view
  2. View the results list to check the profile
  3. If you are click on the Create Citation Report Link
  4. View author's metrics

Search the Google Scholar for a specific researcher's metrics


  • You will only find an author profile if the author has set their GS Profile themselves
  • Search Google Scholar for an author
  • Click on the Author link provided
  • View GS metrics for the author (these metrics will look different from the ones you see either in Scopus or Web of Science)

The h-index

An author's h-index attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar.

The h-index is based on the highest number of papers included that have had at least the same number of citations. e.g. a h-index of 8 indicates that at least 8 of the author'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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