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Measuring Academic Output

Google Scholar for Author-level metrics

  • Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.
  • It's quick to set up and simple to maintain. You can add groups of related articles, not just one article at a time; and your citation metrics are computed and updated automatically as Google Scholar finds new citations to your work on the web. You can choose to have your list of articles updated automatically or review the updates yourself, or to manually update your articles at any time.
  • On the Google Scholar page click on the "My Citations" icon on the top left. You DO need to have a Google Account to use My Citations. If you do not have one, you can easily set one up.

Example of a Google Scholar Citations Profile

Google Scholar Caveats

  • Google Scholar does not index all scholarly articles; therefore, some articles citing the item under study may not be counted.
  •  Author names can be tricky to search and the results can vary greatly depending on how the name is entered; we recommend searching only the author's last name and combining that with the main title in quotations.
  •  Google Scholar includes citations from an array of sources in its cited by calculation, including PowerPoints and Word documents, and gives everything an equal rank.
  • Variants in how the item is cited can result in more than one entry for the item under study.
  • The term "citation" in brackets [CITATION] at the beginning of an entry, indicates that the full text of the item is not accessible through Google Scholar.

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