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Google Scholar Tips

Tips and tricks for using Google Scholar efficiently

Google Scholar Metrics

Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Scholar Metrics summarise recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research.

Browse the top 100 publications in several languages, ordered by their five-year h-index and h-median metrics. To see which articles in a publication were cited the most and who cited them, click on its h-index number to view the articles as well as the citations underlying the metrics.

h-index h-core h-median
The largest number h such that h articles have at least h citations each. Set of top cited h articles from the publication. The median of the citation counts in its h-core.
h5-index, h5-core, h5-median
The h-index, h-core, and h-median of only those of its articles that were published in the last five complete calendar years.

Be aware:

  • Google Scholar does not index all scholarly articles; therefore, some articles citing the item under study may not be counted.
  • Google Scholar includes citations from an array of sources in its "cited by" calculation, including PowerPoint and Word documents, and gives everything an equal rank.
  • Author names can be tricky to search and the results can vary greatly depending on how the name is entered.
  • Variants in how the item is cited can result in more than one entry for the item under study.

Google Scholar Profiles


Google Scholar Citations profile is part of Google Scholar and can be created with a Gmail account. We recommend you use a private email address to ensure you maintain durable access to your profile.

What are the benefits for researchers?

  • If you make your Google Scholar Citation profile public, it appears at the top of Google Scholar results when people search for your name.
  • It allows you to keep track of citations to your articles with a graph over time.
  • You can see who is citing your outputs and you have the possibility to get alerts whenever your work is cited.

Keep in mind: 

  • Google Scholar Citations Profile is not a unique persistent identifier (PDI)
  • It can be considered as a way to showcase your publications. Don't forget that Google Scholar is the top research starting point for most scholars.
  • It has a wide coverage, Google Scholar crawls the web for academic content. This has its limits (for example it duplicates entries for the same article)
  • It can automatically keep your profile up to date, but Google Scholar sometimes suggests articles written by people with similar names. You also have the possibility to review the updates yourself, or to manually update your articles.

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