A Google Scholar Profile allows scholars to:
You may find that the number of citations to your work in Google Scholar is higher than in other databases such as Scopus, Web of Science, or others.
In contrast to other databases, Google Scholar does not provide a list of the sources that it is searching to find citations to your work. There have been concerns about the quality of the citations that are counted as they may not originate from peer-reviewed literature. Google Scholar will count citations from online slide sets, reports, undergraduate essays, and other sources. Google Scholar may also not pick up citations from older content as it may not be available in a digital format.
Citations to some sources, for example, books, may be much better in Google Scholar because they are not covered in the other subscription bibliographic databases. The inclusion of citations to books can be very useful for researchers in which non-journal article outputs are more common.
No database is likely to be able to cover all outputs in all subjects. Bear this in mind when using citation data from different sources.
Go to Google Scholar Citations
Creating a Google Scholar account can showcase your papers and the citations that they've received. It can also make your work more discoverable as your profile will turn up in Google searches.
Step 1 - Create a Google account
If you do not yet have a Google account, you can create one here: https://accounts.google.com/signup. This will give you a Gmail address which you can use or ignore forever if you wish.
Entering your birthday is required, but other information is optional.
2. Enter your Profile Information
Follow the instructions to create your profile adding your name, institution affiliation, research areas, university email address (optional; not made public but as a backup email) and the link to your Texas State University profile page.
3. Add Articles
Google Scholar will then search for articles that it thinks are by you and ask whether you want them added to your profile. Some of it will be you, others may be by academics with the same or similar names.
Once logged in, you can also search for articles, then click to add to your profile, or add them manually.
4. Select your Settings
You can give Google permission to automatically update the list of articles in your profile, or choose to receive suggestions via email for review before adding to your profile. NOTE: We recommend "Email me updates for review" to ensure that correct items are added to your profile.
You may also choose to make your profile visible, which we recommend, by selecting "Make my profile public".
4. Maintain your Profile
When your profile is complete, you can browse some of your citations and see how people are using your work and check out your h-index.