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Free tools to be used with Google Scholar – Run Run Shaw Library

Free tools to be used with Google Scholar – Run Run Shaw Library

Measuring Research Impact

Provides the common tools and methods to evaluate the impact of research

Google Scholar & Publish or Perish

Google Scholar provides a platform to search for scholarly literature across many subject disciplines and formats, including articles, books and theses. Since Google Scholar indexes information from various sources, you may be able to find citation sources not included in Web of Science or Scopus.

However, it should be noted that Google Scholar does not have the same reputation in academia as Web of Science and Scopus. Thus researchers should consider using the citation counts from Google Scholar as supplementary information only.

Using the citation data from Google Scholar, you can generate citation reports by a free software called Publish or Perish. This page shows you how these tools can be used to create reports to reflect the impact of researchers.

How to find an author’s works in Google Scholar?

1. Access Google Scholar. Then select “Advanced Scholar Search”.


2. Enter the name and initials of your author in the “Author” field. If needed, use double quotation marks to enclose your search terms to make your search more focused.


3. A list of the author’s works will be displayed. The most cited ones are generally shown at the top. this list includes all formats of indexed sources, including books and articles.

How to use Publish or Perish to analyze authors’ publications and citations?

1. Download the free “Publish ro Perish” software from Harzing.com: http://www.harzing.com/pop.htm. Install the program onto your PC.


2. Open the “Publish or Perish” application. Select “Author impact analysis” at top left.


3. Enter the name and initials of your author. Use double quotation marks to enclose your search terms to ensure precision of the search results. Click the “Lookup” button to start your search.


4. All the works by the author(s) of the name you have entered will be displayed. The results pane at the top shows the citation statistics such as:

  • total number of citations
  • number of citations per paper
  • h-index for the author(s), etc.


5. In order to ensure that only works of your desired author are covered, uncheck the item(s) on the list that you want to remove.


6. You may need to merge duplicate entries. First, sort the list by title to identify duplicate items. Choose one of the duplicate entries as the main reference. Then, click on the duplicate entries other than the main reference and drag them onto the main reference. If you want to un-do this merge, right-click on the entry and select “Split Citations”. The citation figures in the results pane will adjust accordingly.

Google Scholar Citations – Create your profile in Google Scholar!

If you have publications indexed in Google Scholar, you can make use of Google Scholar Citations to keep track of the citations to your works.

You need a Google account to use Google Scholar Citations. Sign up for a free Google account. Then create your Google Scholar Citations profile. If you make your profile public, when people search your name in Google Scholar, your prolife may appear in the results.


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