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Scholarly Identity: A Guide

A guide on how to manage, promote, and protect your online scholarly identity as a current or future researcher, academic, or scholar.

Google Scholar (GS) Profile and Features

Google Scholar: 

  • Will be the first thing someone sees when they google your name. 
  • Includes: journal and conference papers, theses and dissertations, academic books, pre-prints, abstracts, technical reports and other scholarly literature from all broad areas of research
  • Does a good job capturing books and non-English language materials as compared to traditional databases
  • You can choose to have your list of articles: updated automatically or review the updates yourself, or manually update your articles at any time.
  • Crawls the entire web so if you have a paper with a doi on your website, it should be indexed 
  • Citation counts in Google Scholar (GS) will be over-inflated 
  • New records added throughout the month
  • Updates to existing records could take 6 month-year


Creating and Updating your Account

Create an Account:

  • Sign in or create a Google account
  • Complete the Citations sign-up form: add in your Tulane email- will ensure you're discoverable
  • Include alternative versions or spellings of your name (aliases), affiliations, professional photo, etc

Add References/Papers to your profile

  • As part of set-up: Click "Add all articles" next to each article group that is yours, or "See all articles" to add specific articles from that group. If you don't see your articles in these groups, click "Search articles" to do a regular Google Scholar search, and then add your articles one at a time
  • Add additional articles: To add one article at a time, click "Search articles" and then "Add article" next to the article you wish to add. Your citation metrics will update immediately to account for the articles you added.
  • "Add article manually". Then, type in the title, the authors, etc., and click "Save". Keep in mind that citations to manually added articles may not appear in your profile for a few days.

Updating your Profile

  • Remove incorrect references: On your profile page, tick the boxes next to each incorrect article and select the “Delete” from the drop-down menu in the top green bar
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