A strong research network is essential

Certain online tools are truly essential to an academic these days. An example of such tool would be Google Scholar, the academic search engine. You probably heard how helpful it is if you want to increase the frequency of interactions you have with other scholars and want to experience all the benefits. So how do you create a Google Scholar profile?

How-To: 5 Steps

  1. Open https://scholar.google.com and click on the sign-in button on the top right corner of the page.
  2. Click and login to the Google account with which you would like to proceed to promote yourself as an academic scholar on the page. If you do not have a Google account already, make sure to create one prior to completing Step 2.
  3. Click on “My Profile” on the top left corner of the Google Scholar homepage. Here, you will be able to include your name, affiliation, email for verification, areas of interest, and a homepage (as many researchers like to have their own – if you do not have one, our service can help you) in the Profile tab.
  4. Follow along the left tabs on the website and click on the Articles tab. You will be prompted to a search result in which you will be able to select which articles are yours and which articles are not yours. You can also change the keywords in your search engine to find the articles that you wrote if it doesn’t show up by default.
  5. Finally, you have the Settings tab left. Here, you can select a few notifications and profile visibility preferences. We recommend that you turn your profile into a public profile here, as it would allow for your research to have a greater impact and you would be easier to contact as an academic researcher. 

Bonus Tips

A few bonus tips after you’re done creating your Google Scholar Profile:

You want to make sure that you verify your email. The process isn’t all that difficult; after you click on email verification, you’ll get an email that will display a link with which you can click on to fully activate your account. This process is necessary as it will finally make your account completely public and accessible to other scholars, providing you with the full benefit of using this academic search engine. 

Another tip is to add a professional photo of you. Profile photos are important as they tend to be the first impressions of yourself to other academic peers. Having no profile picture makes you seem unengaged, but having a professional one will make you an attractive candidate for professional academic partnerships. 

After You’re Done

After you’re done, you should see how many articles you selected in the Articles tab taking up the most amount of space, your name, school/affiliation, and email on the top, and, most importantly, a table that shows how many citations there are, how well you performed in the h-index and the i10-index. These metrics help you solidify your track record. Even if you are a younger researcher, it’s still a great option for you as you would be first getting yourself out to the public, letting them know about you. 

Why Create A Google Scholar Profile?

Unmistakable identity – the more populous researchers become, the easier it is to happen to have the same name as someone else. A unique google scholar profile will help your colleagues find you!

Google Scholar is just like Google, except the search results are all scholarly articles that come from reputable, peer-reviewing publishers. Estimated to have up to 389 million documents in its database, the academic search engine will allow you to have a platform-dependent h-index visible for all users of Google Scholar. This means that your accolades can be easily analyzed, thus making it easier if you have to pitch yourself in order to land a research project or other academic tasks. 

Moreover, today, with so many people using Google Scholar instead of independent databases to conduct simple literature reviews, having a profile will allow you to reach out towards a larger population in your audience. It also contributes to improving your credibility, especially if you have a respectable h-index that Google calculates for you. 

All these benefits come with the simple act of creating a Google Scholar profile, so why wait?

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