Citation and Journal Metrics: Google Scholar Citations

Strengths

Strengths include

  • Good coverage of all disciplines
  • Good coverage of book citations
  • Easy to set up a profile
  • Publicly viewable
  • No subscription needed
  • Can download publication list into EndNote

Limitations

Limitations include

  • Possible problems with inflated citation rates
  • Specific coverage details unavailable
  • Not designed for searches of any complexity
  • May be erroneous attributions and phantom publications.

Readings

What is Google Scholar Citations?

Example Google Scholar profile in results listing [Image Source: Google Scholar]

Google Scholar released Google Scholar Citations in November 2011. This product allows you to easily create a profile from existing Google Scholar data. It displays your publications and citations, and calculates your h-index and i10-index.

The i10-index is the number of publications with at least 10 citations. It can be calculated against all publications for an author, or a 'recent' version, which is the number of publications that have received at least 10 new citations in the past 5 years.

Citation rates tend to be high but keep in mind that there may be some duplication and author misidentification.  

To check for UniSA researchers who may have a Google Scholar Citations profile, just search for their name in Google Scholar, and it should appear at the top of the results list.  UniSA researchers who already have a Google Scholar Citations Profile include:

UniSA Researchers with Google Scholar Citation Profile (Image Source: Google Scholar)

What is Google Scholar Citations

Example Google Scholar profile in results listing [Image Source: Google Scholar]

Google Scholar released Google Scholar Citations in November 2011. This product allows you to easily create a profile from existing Google Scholar data. It displays your publications and citations, and calculates your h-index and i10-index.

The i10-index is the number of publications with at least 10 citations. It can be calculated against all publications for an author, or a 'recent' version, which is the number of publications that have received at least 10 new citations in the past 5 years.

Citation rates tend to be high but keep in mind that there may be some duplication and author misidentification.   

To check for UniSA researchers who may have a Google Scholar Citations profile, just search for their name in Google Scholar, and it should appear at the top of the results list.  UniSA researchers who already have a Google Scholar Citations Profile include:

UniSA Researchers with Google Scholar Citation Profile (Image Source: Google Scholar)