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Researcher Profiles and Identifiers

Google Scholar

File:Google Scholar logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons  Google Scholar

Use the above link to access the TXST instance of Google Scholar which will allow you to avoid paywalls and find scholarly literature and other materials to support your research.

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.

Why Google Scholar Citations?

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 Scholar

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.

Creating Your Researcher Profile

Go to Google Scholar

If you do not already have a google account, you will need to create one 

Once you are in Google Scholar, click on "My profile" and fill in your details

You can then choose and add your publications

Review settings for article updates and profile visibility, then click "Done"