Claim your name on Google Scholar

IMG_3814Have you noticed that some people have claimed their name on Google Scholar? If you click on them, you can get all their articles. You need to do this for yourself. It makes it much easier to keep track of your publications. This is particularly true if you have a common name.

I just helped one of our Research Scientists claim her name. It is neither rare, nor common, Debra A. Brock. This is how we did it. There are no doubt other ways. First she signed into her Gmail account. I don’t know if you have to have one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you did. Then we signed into Google Scholar. There was a link to Citations in the top right of the menu bar. We clicked on it. She entered information on her profile and an academic email. I don’t know if the academic email is required. Then she chose “Pick my citations,” and a list came up. All but one of them was hers, so we unclicked that one. Then we chose “Back to List” and then “Next Step.” She chose to automatically update and to make her profile public. This is what it looks like: Debra A. Brock. It really makes it handy to find people when one is thinking of hiring someone, or nominating someone for a prize, or writing a letter of reference. So go ahead and claim your name! You can link in all your publications, excluding others of similar names.

About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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7 Responses to Claim your name on Google Scholar

  1. Also, if you don’t receive your confirmation email, be sure to check your spam file (took me 6 months to figure that one out).

  2. Joel Parker says:

    Another perk are the notifications with a link whenever Google detects one of your papers is cited.

    • Yes, and Google can also figure out the kinds of papers you are interested in and tell you about them, even if you are not cited. Why not take advantage of the positive of the slightly creepy side of the internet?

      • I’ve found this creepy side to be extremely useful, even with my limited publication record, it provides extremely useful suggestions. These suggestions often come from journal and authors I would not have otherwise read.

        Also, if you have a Google Scholar profile then other people can choose to “follow” your profile and receive an email whenever Google detects that you published something new. I’ve used this feature to follow authors with interests similar to mine. This last feature makes Google Scholar useful not only to young scientists (i.e. ones that need to be easy to find for hiring decisions) but also to more established ones.

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