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How to set up your Google Scholar profile (Google Scholar Citations)

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The Profile
(aka Google Scholar Citations)
June 2014

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About Google Scholar
• Search for scholarly literature (e.g. articles,
theses, books, abstracts, etc)
Screenshot of featur...

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About Google Scholar
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How to set up your Google Scholar profile (Google Scholar Citations)

  1. 1. The Profile (aka Google Scholar Citations) June 2014
  2. 2. About Google Scholar • Search for scholarly literature (e.g. articles, theses, books, abstracts, etc) Screenshot of features from: http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/about.html
  3. 3. About Google Scholar • Search for scholarly literature (e.g. articles, theses, books, abstracts, etc) Screenshot of features from: http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/about.html
  4. 4. About the Google Scholar Profile • Google Scholar Citations – Keep track of the citations of your articles • Who is citing them • Graph over time • Metrics – Private/public • If public, seen in a Google Scholar search for your name!
  5. 5. Searching Google Scholar • If someone searches for you in GS, papers authored by you should come up in the search results
  6. 6. • With a public GS profile, when someone searches for you, the link to your profile will appear at the top of the results page.
  7. 7. • www.scholar.google.com
  8. 8. • www.scholar.google.com
  9. 9. • Log in using your Google account
  10. 10. • Complete the required fields and as much additional information as you are willing to provide • Note: a university ‘email for verification’ is required to appear in the search results!
  11. 11. • Select your articles, either by groups or individually
  12. 12. • Select your articles, either by groups or individually
  13. 13. Metrics: Citation indices • Citations: how many times someone has cited your article – All: over the whole of your career – Since 2008: in the past 5 years (i.e. recent citations)
  14. 14. Metrics: Citation indices • H index: the largest number h such that h publications have at least h citations i.e. The H-index here is 6 as this academic has 6 papers with at least 6 citations
  15. 15. Metrics: Citation indices • i10 index: the number of publications that have at least 10 citations
  16. 16. Adding an article manually
  17. 17. Adding an article manually
  18. 18. Your completed public profile
  19. 19. Thank you sarah.goodier@uct.ac.za @SarahGoodier http://openuct.uct.ac.za @OpenUCT Excluding images, screenshots and logos and/or unless otherwise indicated on content All screenshots used purely for illustrative purposes

Editor's Notes

  • We all use Google Scholar to search for scholarly literature (e.g. articles, theses, books, abstracts, etc). And the many features of Google Scholar help us keep up with our field and its research outputs
  • You can set up a Google Scholar profile to keep a list of all your outputs in one easy to access place as well as using it to keep track of who is citing your publications
  • Within the profile you can see who is citing you articles and view your citations as a graph over time. There are also metrics available: number of citations, H-index and i10 index. And you can choose whether to make your profile public or keep it private (default)
  • If someone searches for you in GS, papers authored by you should come up in the search results
  • With a public GS profile, when someone searches for you, the link to your profile will appear at the top of the results page.
  • So, to get started, go to www.scholar.google.com
  • Click the “My citations” button on the top right
  • Log in using your Google account
  • Step 1: Complete the required fields and as much additional information as you are willing to provide
    (Note: a university ‘email for verification’ is required to appear in the search results!)
  • Step 2: Google scholar will provide a list of articles it thinks you have authored/co-authored. Select your articles, either by groups or individually.

  • Step 3: Select how you would like to manage your updates. Google scholar suggests automatic updating of your publications list.
  • I would recommend you select the “Send me an email to review and confirm updates” – this gives you more control over what appears on your profile as well as alerting you when a new publication can be added.

  • Initially, your profile will be private. So you can take the time to add additional publications that Google didn’t suggest and build up a list of publications, if you would rather wait to make it public.
  • Your new profile consists of an “About you” box, where you can add a photo, list your affiliation and add research interests.
  • You can sort your added publications by “cited by” and “year” of publication
  • The citation indices box shows you:
    Citations: how many times someone has cited your article
    All: over the whole of your career
    Since 2008: in the past 5 years (i.e. recent citations)
  • H index: the largest number h such that h publications have at least h citations
    i.e. The H-index here is 6 as this academic has 6 papers with at least 6 citations
  • H index: the largest number h such that h publications have at least h citations
    i.e. The H-index here is 6 as this academic has 6 papers with at least 6 citations
  • Through the drop down menu, you can add publications (in case Google doesn’t suggest one or two relevant ones), export your publications list, delete publications from your profile, etc.
  • Export as BibTeX, EndNote, RefMan and CSV
  • To add an article manually from “add articles”, click “add article manually”
  • Select the type of article you want to add: Book, journal paper, etc. and complete the information
  • To make your profile public, click on “Make my profile public” that appears at the top of your private profile. Note: doing this will make your profile appear in the Google Scholar search results. All the information contained in your profile will be publicly viewable (only you will be able to add articles and make changes to the information)
  • You will appear at the top of the Google Scholar search results whenever someone searches you by name

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