Calculating cumulative and career-stage citation impact scores


Nosek, B. A., Graham, J., Lindner, N. M., Kesebir, S., Hawkins, C. B., Hahn, C., Schmidt, K., Motyl, M., Joy-Gaba, J . A., Frazier, R., & Tenney, E. R. (2010). Cumulative and career-stage impact of social-personality psychology programs and their members. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1283-1300.


This page contains a calculator for citation impact scores for individuals described in Nosek et al. (2010, PSPB). The results are standardized comparison scores with the sample of 611 members of social-personality programs from 97 universities in the U.S. and Canada. Please read the original article to understand the scores and the comparison sample.

Using the calculator

Step 1: Acquire total citation, h, e, and hm scores for an individual using Publish or Perish software. Be sure to consult the Publish or Perish help materials, and the background search tips supplement from the article above for proper search procedures (e.g., the default search is to have the publishing first and middle initials with the last name all enclosed in quotes: "mr banaji". There are many occasions in which this standard will need qualification or additions to conduct a proper search. Becoming effective with Publish or Perish takes some practice.

Step 2: Enter those scores and the year of the individual's PhD into the cells below, then hit "compute". The script automatically identifies today's date for comparing with the PhD year to calculate career stage scores. The first column of calculated scores are the cumulative impact results standardized for comparison with the sample from the Nosek et al. (2010) article. The second column of calculated scores are the "raw' results from the career-stage regressions, and the third column are those results standardized to compare with the article sample. Icumulative and Ics appear at the bottom after computation is complete. These are standardized making them directly comparable to the sample from the article. Values above 0 indicate an impact above the expected norm for cumulative impact (Icumulative) or impact at one's present career-stage (Ics).

Citation Impact
Raw Data
(first 4 from Publish or Perish)
Cumulative Impact Scores
Career Stage Scores
Career Stage Scores
Total Citations
Year of PhD

Calculator created by N. Sriram & Brian Nosek (c) 2010.

Important notes: (1) Standardized scores are only interpretable in comparison to the article sample of 611 scientists collected in Fall of 2009. If comparison to that sample does not make sense, then neither will the standard scores; (2) The career-stage computations here are slightly different than those reported in the article. These are adjusted for the current month of the year, instead of adjusting for the nearest year (making them slightly more accurate).


Citations Home page, Brian Nosek's Website