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Researcher Profiles, Identifiers, and Social Networks: Google Scholar Citations

Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.

Why Google Scholar Citations?


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A Google Scholar Profile allows scholars to:

  • Keep track of citation metrics using popular indices and easy-to-read graphs
  • See who is citing one's own publications and follow research themes
  • Decide whether or not to share one's profile publicly 
  • Authorize Google to update article lists automatically or choose to update manually
  • Have one's profile included in Google Scholar search results
  • Monitor and make corrections to the list of one's own publications
  • Promote oneself professionally at no cost

Good to know about Google Scholar:

  • Interdisciplinary, widely used, easy to maintain
  • Google doesn't have access to everything
  • Many databases do not allow Google to index their content


Features of Google Citations

Google Citations Allows You To:

Track citations to your publications
  • Check who is citing your publications.
  • Graph your citations over time.
  • Compute citation metrics.
View publications by colleagues
  • Keep up with their work.
  • See their citation metrics.
Appear in Google Scholar search results
  • Create a public profile that can appear in Google Scholar when someone searches for your name.

TXST Google Scholar Profiles

View Google Scholar Profiles from your TXST colleagues:

Google Scholar Citations

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.

Creating Your Researcher Profile

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: This will give you a Gmail address which you can use or ignore forever if you wish. 

Screenshot of page to create a google account 

Entering your birthday is required, but other information is optional.

Screenshot of initial welcome to google

Agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy: 

Screenshot of privacy and terms of use page

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.

Screenshot of setting up profile in Google Scholar

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. 

Screenshot of adding articles to Google Scholar profile

Once logged in, you can also search for articles, then click to add to your profile, or add them manually.

Screenshot of adding articles to Google Scholar

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". 

Screenshot of selecting account settings

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.

Screenshot of complete profile example