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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 FindIt links to full text articles when available.

To find articles that have cited you,

  1. Start by clicking the Advanced Scholar Search link in the main menu;
  2. Put your name into the Return articles authored 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 be presented with a list of results that have cited this article. Click a PDF link or FindIt  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 alert on the side menu. Fill out 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
  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.


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.