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September 2014

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How to Track Your Impact as an Author

Impact Factors are used to track impact of scientific and medical journals, but how do you track your individual impact? Here are a few tools available to help you:


The H-index is a measure of the number of highly impactful papers an author has published, regardless of what journal the article was published in. 

  • SciVal Experts: MD Anderson Faculty members can use this tool to see their current publication list and H-index
  • Scopus Author Search: Each MD Anderson author has a unique Scopus ID which includes a calculation of the authors H-Index and citation count. Find your Scopus profile by searching for your name and affiliation.  Click here for directions.

To learn more about H-Indexes, register for a free webinar, H-Index and Beyond: What is your impact factor, on Wednesday, October 8, 11:30am – Noon.  Click here for more details and to register.


Alternative metrics are web-based metrics that measure the impact of scholarly material. Web-based metrics typically include both publications and data from social media sources. Some examples of altmetrics tools are:

  • Impact Story is a free tool supported by the National Science Foundation which allows you to upload articles, datasets, software and other products using Google Scholar, ORCID or PMID’s. Impact Story reports altmetrics and traditional citation counts for each item.
  • can be used through the Scopus database. Look for the Altmetric widget in Scopus on the right hand side of each individual search result.


Tracking an author’s individual publication impact can be challenging. If you have a common name, multiple names or have changed your name during the course of your career, an ORCID ID helps that distinguish you from every other researcher and track publications across databases.

To learn more about ORCID, register for a free webinar, ORCID: Making Your Publications Count, on Wednesday, September 17, 11:30am – Noon.  Click here for more details and to register.

FALL SERIES: Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life

Effective Study Skills: Discover New Tools to Help You Succeed
Tuesday, Sept 23 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Identify strategies and techniques essential to developing successful study habits including, time management techniques, efficient reading strategies, along with review skills. Learn purposeful note-taking, methods for finding quality, resources online, and organizing your notes and resources. Attend this class to discover new tools to help you succeed.

Live the Life You Want: Setting Goals, Priorities, and Boundaries
Monday, Sept 29 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Janice Simon will present this session to help you organize your personal and professional life.

Mindfulness and Meditation
Monday, Oct 23 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Emerging scientific evidence shows that nutrition, physical activities, sleep, maintaining social and spiritual support and managing your stress are important components of your overall health.  The opportunity to discover ways of being with whatever arises in life with openness, centered and balanced is available every moment, to everyone.  Dr. Khan Nguyen will discuss the knowledge and skills in coping with challenges that can be learned at any time to improve your physical and emotional health.  

Halo Effect: Using Habits to Reach Your Goals
Monday, Oct 13 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Using strategies from The Power of Habit, this session will help faculty, staff, and students develop strategies for starting and keeping good habits.  Attendees will leave the session having developed a habit plan that can be incorporated into their school, work or home life. 

Questions about these classes? Contact April Aultman Becker at; 713-792-2293

Schedule of Classes & Webinars

Classes are held in the library classroom (FCT21.6008) unless otherwise noted.  Find the latest class schedule, class descriptions, and links here.

Webinars are live online classes that can be viewed from your desktop. Check out our upcoming webinars and archived webinars.

If you have questions about classes, please contact April Aultman Becker at or 713-792-2293.

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