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Who's Citing Me?: Google Scholar

Searching Google Scholar

Google Scholar covers a wider variety of subject areas than Web of Science but lacks precise search-refining tools. Searching Google Scholar while on campus or through the library search box will insert Find it with OLinks links to full text articles when available.

To find articles that have cited you,

  1. Start by clicking the Advanced Scholar Search link to the right of the search button.
  2. Put your name into the Author / Return articles written by search box. Google suggests entering your name by putting quotation marks around your first initial(s) and last name (for instance, Jeffrey Doom would search for "J DOOM"), and this is generally the best way to start. Click Search Scholar.
  3. On the results page, look underneath the article you want to see citations for and click the leftmost link, Cited by followed by a number. (In our example, Cited by 4.) If you don't see a Cited by link, Google was unable to find any articles that cited it. Click the Cited by link for an article of interest to you.
  4. You'll see a list of results that have cited this article. Click a PDF link or Find It with OLinks if you want the full text of the article (or just want to go to a page with a more complete citation).
  5. To automate this process, click Create email alert at the bottom of the results page for each article you've written. Fill ou the quick form, and the seach results will come to you!

Researcher Metrics from Google Scholar

publish or perish  

Publish or Perish is a free downloadable program developed by Anne-WIl Harzing that provides author-level metrics, using Google Scholar citation data. It is designed to help research academics to present their case for research impact.  Publish or Perish calculates several citation metrics.

To generate metrics for your publications in Publish or Perish,

  1. Download the program from Harzing.com.
  2. Select author impact analysis from the left hand sidebar.
  3. Refine your search. Deselect any subject areas that are not related to your publication history and add years of publication.
  4. Enter your first initial and last name in quotes.  Sample: "J Doom" 
  5. Select "Lookup".
  6. Refine your results by deselecting publications not authored by you. 
  7. All available metrics will appear at the top of the results screen.

Scholarometer

Scholarometer is a browser extension that allows researchers "to extract their own bibliographic data from Google Scholar, curate it, annotate it, and export it to other tools or share it." Scholarometer also calculates author metrics, including the h-index.

To use Scholarometer to obtain author metrics,

  1. Download the extension (works with Firefox & Chrome).
  2. Open Scholarometer in your browser.
    • In Firefox, you'll find Scholarometer in your sidebar.
    • In Chrome, it appears as an icon in the top right of your browser.
  3. Enter your first initial and last name into the author field. 
  4. You MUST include at least one tag before running the search. Tags assign researchers to their appropriate disciplines and selecting appropriate tags may improve your results.
  5. Refine your results.
  6. The metrics in the impact analysis sidebar will adjust as you refine your results.

Tips & Tricks

Entering "J DOOM" (in quotes) as your search term will return results for names like JP DOOM in addition to J DOOM, so you may this tool somewhat imprecise if you're published under only your first initial and last name.