Google Scholar is by far the most widely used bibliographical tool for scholarly publications. It has a problem however, and that is lack of metadata control. You can enhance your findability by creating an account and telling Google which publications in their database are yours. After taking these steps, searches on your name will show your profile at the top of the results. The profile itself shows your list of publications in Google Scholar with basic citation metrics, like who is citing your publications and graphing citations over time. Besides journal papers, it may also include books and reports.


  1. If you do not yet have a Google account, go to Google and create it.
  2. Go to Google Scholar, make sure you are logged in and click “My Citations”.
  3. Follow instructions to create your profile and add or remove publications that are respectively yours or not yours.


  • Once you have activated your profile, Google Scholar gives you automatically reading suggestions based on your citations (on the homepage and a full list by clicking “my updates”).
  • You can track new papers and citations (of yourself and/or others).


Note:  New articles are automatically added to authors’ profiles. It is wise to check your profile regularly, because sometimes articles may be wrongly attributed to you.

Derived from  More visible with Google Scholar Citations in three steps  by Utrecht University Library, used under CC BY by Jorden Esser