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Curating your Online Presence: Google Scholar "My Profile"

Interested in boosting your visibility online? This is the guide to get you started.

Google Scholar "My Profile"

Google Scholar Profile: A service that generates a list of your publications indexed in Google Scholar.  It includes impact metrics calculations such as h-index, citation counts, and the i10-index.

Google Scholar "My Profile": Select it or Reject it?

Why Select Google Scholar "My Profile"? Why Reject Google Scholar "My Profile"?
  • It will update itself
  • Your profile will be easily findable online.
  • It provides generous citation count data (see also: Why Reject "My Profile"-->)
  • Your citations may connect to subscription resources at your library.
  • You want a profile that doesn't allow commenting or automatic connecting with others.
  •  You can choose to have your list of articles updated automatically or review the updates yourself, or to manually update your articles at any time.
  • If you have a common name it may bring in publications by others so you would need to spend time reviewing it regularly for publications that are not yours.
  • Data privacy issues are unclear.
  • Commercial entity.
  • Citation metrics can be overly generous, including some citations that you might not want to report due to quality concerns or duplication.