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What is a Google Scholar Citations profile?
Google Scholar Citations is a freely-available service that tracks article citations over time. It tracks academic articles and also counts theses, book titles and other documents towards author citation metrics.
Building a Google Scholar Profile offers many benefits, including:
- See who is citing your work
- Graph citations over time
- Ability to compute a variety of citation metrics
- Your name will appear as a clickable link in Google Scholar search results
- The publications list may be set to automatically update
Google Scholar Profiles:
- Will not consider name variations, including maiden names
- May co-mingle works by different authors with the same name in its citation counts
- Can have trouble with names that include apostrophes or other marks (like O'Neal)
- Counts retractions the same way it counts other citations
- Citation counts are easily gamed
- Does not create a unique identifier