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Google Scholar Tips & Tricks: Creating a Google Scholar Profile

Get the most from Google Scholar

Importance of Google Scholar Profile

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Google Scholar allows you to collect and organize your publications and citations, so that others can find your work and often find an accessible copy that they can read. Your Google Scholar profile will come high up the page rankings if people are searching for your work.

Setting up a Google Scholar Profile

Follow the below steps to set-up a Google Scholar profile:

  1. You should have a Google account before you can start - use your existing account or create a new one;
  2. Go to Google Scholar and click on "My Profile";
  3. Complete your profile by adding your affiliation information and your University email address etc.;
  4. Add a link to your University home page;
  5. Add a photo if you want to personalize your profile;
  6. Click on "Next step" to create your basic profile;
  7. Add your publications - Google Scholar will suggest the correct ones and ask you to confirm that they are yours;
  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 work;
  10. Once you have set up your profile, Google Scholar will update it with publications that it thinks are yours. You can choose between automatic updating and manual updating during the set-up process. 

Example of a Google Scholar Profile

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  1. The list of publications can be sorted by date or by the number of times the work has been cited by clicking on the headings.
  2.  By clicking on the number of citations, you can find out which publications have cited yours.
  3. The publications can be filtered by date and relevance.