October 17, 2011

Microsoft Academic Search: get another h–index calculation!

Writing about web page http://academic.research.microsoft.com

Microsoft is creating “Academic Search” as a rival to Google Scholar. I’ve been meaning to investigate it properly for a while!

I see that it has listings of top authors by subject, eg: http://academic.research.microsoft.com/RankList?entitytype=2&topdomainid=6&subdomainid=15&last=0
… though as with all things citation data related, researchers need to investigate the validity of the data set on which they are calculated. I am not actually sure what they mean by "top author" on these lists, so this is one for further investigation...

Microsoft's site states that it is in beta and I'm not too sure where the data comes from except that the site says that they are using data from open access repositories, publishers and web crawling.

There are also some great features on there like the AcademicMap where you can find many Warwick Authors. It appears from the map that you can contribute (on an orange bar at the bottom), so maybe authors can make sure it picks up on their work properly. Authors' profiles appear with h-index and g-index scores, no.s of papers, no.s of citations, etc. Sometimes they even feature a photo!

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