Tuesday, August 16, 2011

You can now track citations to your work with Google Scholar

It's a new feature launched a few weeks ago called, not surprisingly, Google Scholar Citations. According to Google Scholar's blog:

Today we’re introducing Google Scholar Citations: a simple way for you to compute your citation metrics and track them over time.

We use a statistical model based on author names, bibliographic data, and article content to group articles likely written by the same author. You can quickly identify your articles using these groups. After you identify your articles, we collect citations to them, graph these citations over time, and compute your citation metrics. Three metrics are available: the widely used h-index, the i-10 index, which is the number of articles with at least ten citations, and the total number of citations to your articles. We compute each metric over all citations as well as over citations in articles published in the last five years. These metrics are automatically updated as we find new citations to your articles on the web.

You can enable automatic addition of your newly published articles to your profile. This would instruct the Google Scholar indexing system to update your profile as it discovers new articles that are likely yours. And you can, of course, manually update your profile by adding missing articles, fixing bibliographic errors, and merging duplicate entries.

You can also create a public profile with your articles and citation metrics (e.g., Alex Verstak, Anurag Acharya). If you make your profile public, it can appear in Google Scholar search results when someone searches for your name (e.g., Richard Feynman, Paul Dirac). This will make it easier for your colleagues worldwide to follow your work.

At present, the feature is a limited access release and Google is not accepting more users. But if you would like to participate when more slots become available, click here to get on the waiting list. And click here to check-out a screen-shot of  how Google Scholar can keep track of your citations courtesy of the Chronicle of Higher Ed's popular column ProfHacker.



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