Google has opened up its newest thing aimed mostly to the researchers: Google Scholar Citations (http://scholar.google.com/citations). It is a tool which is used to tie your publications to your profile. Google has already identified which publications are yours but you can quickly confirm which actually are yours and you can find publications which Google has not identified as yours to add them to your list. After you have identified which publications are yours citations data is collected and shown in a graph and some other citation measurements are calculated.* The number of citations are updated automatically each time a new citation to your article is found.
If you choose to make your profile open for everyone it will be shown in Google Scholar when someone searches for your name. This can be used by your colleagues around the world to follow your work and vise versa. Here you can take a look at how it looks and first impressions about the tool. As Jonas writes in Chalmers blog it will probably not take long until this will become interesting for different raking lists (in Swedish). That’s why it is important that you as a researcher at the University of Borås create your public profile and write “University of Borås” as affiliation. Will you be the first researcher at the University of Borås to create your own profile?
It is easy to get started with Google Scholar Citations. There are only three quick steps: 1) fill in your information, 2) verify which publications are yours and 3) update your information. Click here to get started. You need a google-account to use this tool which you can get here. In this tool you can easily choose the publications that are yours and search for those Google Scholar might have missed. The benefit of this tool compared to others like Web od Science or Scopus is that Google Scholar covers much more. WoS covers about 10 000 journals, some conference proceedings and, since a couple of months back, about 30 000 books. Scopus has about 20 000 journals, a handful of conference proceedings and almost no books. The drawback with Google Scholar is that we are not quite sure which resources are included. Another benefit on the other hand is that you can easily correct your own information and you receive a fixed link which can be used in different places, like your CV.
(*Google Scholar Citations uses measurements such as general number of citations, h-index and i10-index. h-index tries to measure both productivity and impact of the published works of a researcher. The index is based on the researcher’s most cited work and number of citations they have received in other publications. It can also be used to measure productivity of an entire institution. i10 is a number that shows the number of publications with at least 10 citations.)
By: Pieta Eklund, pieta.eklund(at)hb.se