How To Create A Google Scholar Profile

Your Google Scholar Citations profile is a very simple way to collate your publications, citations and even research data so that others can find it, and often read it too.

Keep your Google Scholar profile up to date with automatic updates. With this, you don’t need to spend a lot of time updating your publications list. 

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A Google Scholar profile can help your work come high up the page rankings if people are searching for your work.

If you are working in an area that is not well covered by the Scopus or Clarivate blibliometric tools, you can use the free Publish or Perish software to analyse your citations using the data from your Google Scholar profile.

This article describes how you can use Google Scholar with Publish or Perish for citation analysis and statistical modeling of your research impact.

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How To set up Google Scholar Profile

Setting up your Google Scholar profile may take you only a few minutes. Make sure you follow these steps to avoid any issues.

  1. You’ll need a Google account before you can begin – use your existing account or create one.
  2. Go to Google Scholar and click on ‘My citations’
  3. Follow the instructions, adding your affiliation information and your University email address. (Remember to validate the address – you’ll receive an email asking you to do this). 
  4. Add keywords relating to your research and add a link to your University home page (if you have one)
  5. Add a photo if you want to personalise your profile. 
  6. Click on ‘Next step’ to create your basic profile. 
  7. Add your publications – Google will probably suggest the correct ones and ask you to confirm that they are yours. Be careful if you have a common name as publications by others may be included in the suggestions. There may also be some types of articles that you don’t want to include (Google indexes lots of content such as newsletters, book reviews etc, not just scholarly articles). 
  8. To find missing publications, you can search using article titles or DOIs. You can also add missing publications manually if required. 
  9. Make your profile public – this means that others will be able to find it and discover your body of work. 

Google Scholar will update your profile with publications that it thinks are yours.


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