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Who’s who in science? Find out with the New Rocket Scientist app

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Would you like to find out how many publications your favorite scientists or colleagues have already published, and what is their citation impact? If you have an Android smartphone, you can do it in a few seconds. That’s right, now there is an app for that.

New Rocket Scientist is an app that helps you to check the citation impact of selected scientists. It’s very simple. All you need to do is enter the name of a scientist in the search bar. The app will display the time chart that presents the dates of publication together with the level of citations. New Rocket Scientist also shows the tag cloud of keywords and the list of publications with links to Google Books (of course, only if the publication has a record in Google Books or Google Scholar). The results can be shared via social media or email.

How it works? The citation impact of a scientist is calculated using widely applied citation metrics, such as the Hirsch index (h-index) and g-index based on the data provided by Google Scholar.

Of course, the app will not always be useful since not all publications of selected authors can be found on the Internet. What’s more, the information set is not very detailed or comprehensive. Nevertheless, the New Rocket Scientist can be handy, not only to check the citation impact of scientists but also when looking for publications. Moreover, the app gives you fast access to interesting data and you can check it on your mobile phone. It is worth downloading and trying it out.

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