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Architecture: Create a Google Scholar Profile

This guide will help you with your architectural research

Create and Manage a Google Scholar Profile

Google Scholar Profiles provide a simple way for authors to showcase their academic publications. You can check who is citing your articles, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

Best of all, it's quick to set up and simple to maintain - even if you have written hundreds of articles, and even if your name is shared by several different scholars. You can add groups of related articles, not just one article at a time; and your citation metrics are computed and updated automatically as Google Scholar finds new citations to your work on the web. 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.

A Google Scholar profile allows you to showcase your work and increase visibility to others in your field. This can lead to increased citations, collaboration opportunities, and recognition.

Google Scholar advises that if you see your work on another researcher's profile it is best to contact that researcher directly.

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
  • Check who's citing your publications, create a public author profile
  1. Go to Google Scholar 
  2. Click on My Profile
  3. Login to your personal Google account (or create one if you don’t already have one). Google recommends you use a personal account (not your employers account) so you can easily keep your profile if you move institutions
  4. Complete the form (you need to include your university email address for inclusion in Google Scholar search results) and click Next
  5. Google scholar will provide you a list of author profiles (Groups), which it thinks belong to you:
    • Select your name from the list
    • Click on Articles to select individual articles. Scroll through the list and deselect any publications which are not yours
    • If any of your publications are missing, click in the search box and perform a search in Google Scholar to add each of your remaining articles. Tick the box next to articles to add them to your selection list.
    • Click on Selected link on the top right corner of the screen to see all your selected articles
    • Click on the arrow on the top of the screen to go to the next page
  6. Choose whether you want Google to automatically add new publications to your profile or whether you want to do so manually
    • Allowing Google to automatically add new publications can save you time but may erroneously add publications that aren’t yours (especially if you have a common name)- you also always have the option of manually searching for and adding publications to your profile
  7. Select your profile visibility and email alert settings, then click Done.
  8. Review your profile, upload a photo, and go to your university email to click on the verification link
  9. Once your profile is public, it appears in Google Scholar search results

Google Scholar Profiles - General questions

  • My Google Scholar account doesn't show up in search results:
    Please ensure that you have made your profile public and also verified your university email.
  • I find two Google Scholar accounts when I search for my name
    You have created Google Scholar profiles with two different Google logins. Login to your Google Scholar account that you want to delete, click on the menu in the top left corner > Settings > Account, then click on Delete Scholar account and confirm your choices. 
    Check How to recover your Google Account or Gmail page if you have lost access to your Google account.
  • I created my profile a while ago... where is it?
    It's under "My profile" on top of the page or in the side drawer. If this link shows a profile creation form, sign in to the Google account you used to create your profile and try again.
  • How do I export articles from my profile?
    Select the articles you'd like to export - or check the box next to the "Title" column header to select all articles in your profile - and click the "Export" button. Follow the prompts to download a BibTeX, EndNote, RefMan, or CSV file.
    If the article checkboxes don't appear, sign in to the Google account you used to create your profile.
  • How do I sort the articles in my profile by publication date?
    Click the column header labeled "Year".
  • How do I add a link to my homepage to my profile?
    Click the "Edit" button next to your name, paste the URL into the "Homepage" field, and click "Save".
    If the "Edit" button doesn't appear, sign in to the Google account you used to create your profile.
  • How do I fix a bad entry in the profile?
    If the profile is yours, sign in to the Google account you used to create it and follow the instructions in the Setup section to make corrections. You can add, delete, edit, and merge articles in your profile.
    If the profile is someone else's, it's best to contact its author and ask them to correct it.
    Note that profile owners can't change their "Cited-by" counts and that updating an article in a profile does not change it in the Google Scholar search results. To make those corrections, you usually need to talk to the article's publisher; please refer to the inclusion guidelines.