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Google Scholar (EN): For researchers

Publish or Perish: batch editing and citation analysis with Google Scholar data

Google Scholar can also be used for citation analysis. Because of the different underlying database the results cannot be simply compared with  classical citation analysis tools such as the (Social) Science Citation Index or Scopus. Citation numbers are often higher because citations from books in Google Scholar are also included.

A disadvantage of Google Scholar is that batch analysis or output is not possible. However, the program Publish or Perish by Anne-Wil Harzing which uses Google Scholar data makes it possible. But Publish or Perish does not solve the quality issues of Google Scholar's underlying data! Unfortunately, Publish or Perish has not been installed yet on university computers, but you can easily do so yourself wihout administrator rights.

Publish or Perish

What is the use of Google Scholar Citations

With the help of Google Scholar Citations authors can create their own profile, including a list of their publications in Google Scholar and the corresponding citation data and h-index. Google Scholar looks up the authors' publications, but is also possible to edit this list. It is not possible to add publications which are not in Google Scholar. It is possible to set up an alert via Google Scholar to new articles of an author or their citations.

Goolge Scholar Citation profiel Schaufeli

By means of a search in Google Scholar Citations on you can get an overview of Utrecht researchers who have already created profiles. More (former) Utrecht researchers can be found if you search on OR  Utrecht.

Google Scholar Citation Utrechters

As soon as you use MyCitations Google Scholar will also show on its homepage new articles based on your own publications which might be of interest to you.

What is Google Scholar metrics?

Google Scholar offers very limited statistics on the impact of journals, via the Google Scholar Metrics. These are simple lists with the most cited journals in certain languages. The used standard is the h5-index. It is, measured over the last five years, the largest number of h-articles from the journal that is at least cited h times. You can also search for journals yourself and view their H-index. Due to many mistakes, duplicates and so on in the used databases  and also because repositories are treated as journals these rankings are far from the quality offered by Thomson-Reuters Journal Citation Rankings or the Scopus [link] Journal metrics, Scimago Journal & Country Rank (both also available via JournalMetrics or Microsoft Academic Search metrics. More about journal metrics in the LibGuide Research Impact .