Like so many others, yesterday morning I received an invite to the Google Scholar Citations service. This is a brief overview of what I like or don’t so far. For those who are eligible to edit a profile, when you go to Google Scholar, you should see a link or button to “My Citations.”
I was so excited, I clicked through the invitation code on my phone while riding the bus. This was a mistake. The set up process is, shall we say, not mobile friendly? I made it through the profile portion alright, but when I got to Step 2 for selecting articles to include in my profile I was in trouble.
Do you see that little button under the articles? I thought it was for “Accept these” or something. Nope, it was “Remove these”. So here I am busily going, yep, I recognize that one, it’s mine, click the button. Oops. I also had trouble with the next step, on how to handle updates. They want to make it automatic, but they’ve already put in a few articles that weren’t by me, which I had to remove. I’m not sure I trust them to get this right, but on the other hand I don’t have to remember to update the profile. I have mixed feelings about this. So, basically, don’t trust the profile to be accurate since it is probably machine-generated and may very well have errors. On the other hand, they did a pretty good job of finding my articles, including some I’d forgotten writing.
The system did NOT find my most cited article. Luckily, I could enter it manually.
I love that I can track citations both for the individual article and for my entire collection.
Now, if you want to see what a profile looks like for a REAL scientist, here are a couple that are rather different to show some of the variations.
The problems I have with this as a service so far is that
– it is really hard to find people,
– most people aren’t there yet,
– it doesn’t allow me to click like or follow the work of someone I consider of special interest (like Gunther),
– I don’t know how the numbers generated compare with other bibliometric tools,
and so forth. Wrinkles to iron out.