What I have learned from my Google Scholar and H index
Following Hartley (Scientometrics 118:375–381, 2019) I attempted to draw lessons from my personal Google citations (> 100,000) by reviewing over 100,000 personal citations. The review asked eight questions: Do papers in high impact journals necessarily lead to higher personal citations? Does innovative research attract more citations than replications and refinement? Do reviews and meta-analysis attract more citations than empirical studies? Which gets cited more: books, chapters, presentations, chapters? What determines the pattern of individual paper citations over time? Do citations vary across academic disciplines? Is it better to focus on a few specific journals or “spread-the-word” to maximize citations? How important is it to devise one’s own tests (statistical/diagnostic) to maximize citations? All these questions were answered by inspecting this N = 1 data set. It provides hypotheses for other researchers to explore and test. Limitations are acknowledged.