How to Correct Google Scholar Citations

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You may see Google Scholar does not identify some of the publications that have cited your work. In fact, there are numerous publications that have cited your articles, but your citation metrics on Google Scholar are not increasing at all.

You may be confused why it happens, whereas you already see who has cited your articles. Of course, there’s something wrong with your publications on Google Scholar. If you also experience the same case and are confused about how to fix it, you can try to dive into our post, as we’ll show some possible causes and how to fix your citations in Google Scholar.

Reasons Why Google Scholar Cannot Identify Your Citations

According to the Academia forum, there are some possible causes why Google Scholar is unable to identify your citations, whereas there are a lot of your articles that have been cited by others. Here are some possible reasons why Google Scholar cannot identify your articles cited by others:

  • Irrelevant name

Your profile name on Google Scholar may not be the same as your name used in your publications. Ideally, when your articles are cited, the full reference is the name of the journal/ publication, volume, date and maybe even the page number on top of your own name.

If others who cited your articles have misspelled your name, it shouldn’t matter as well if they really cited your work. However, Google Scholar will be able to discern it. Of course, if your name on Google Scholar is not the same as your name in your publications, it may make Google Scholar unable to identify your articles.

It may happen if you have multiple middle names or if you have changed your name, because of marriage or some other reason. Additionally, if you also have non-standard Latin letters in your name, how your name is  ‘latinified’ into English may be a problem too.

  • Because of stray citations

Aside from irrelevant names, stray citations or the errors in the reference string can also be the reason why Google Scholar does not identify your publications. it’s important to not, the same issue can also happen in all citation databases to some extent. However, most of them actually have some mechanism to report and correct.

  • Due to substantial changes to the articles

If you have made substantial changes to your articles, the list of ‘Scholar Articles’ at the bottom of the page may no longer match the article you have edited. Of course, Google Scholar may be unable to identify and record your publications that have been cited by others.

Solutions to Fix Your Google Scholar Citations

After knowing some reasons why Google Scholar does not identify your publications that have been cited by others, what you should do is to find out the solution to fix your citations on Google Scholar. If not, no matter how many articles someone else has cited, it will not improve your citation metrics.

So, it’s a great time for you to start fixing your citations errors on Google Scholar by doing the following ways:

Solution 1: Change your profile name on Google Scholar

If you see your profile name on Google Scholar is not the same as your name on your publications, of course you need to change your profile name on Google Scholar. It’s pretty easy to change your profile name on Google Scholar.

  • You just sign into your Google Scholar account. Then, you can visit ‘My Citations’ in Google Scholar.
  • Then, you can click on the ‘Edit’ button beside your name to change the name in your author profile.
  • Make sure to enter your name, same as your name on your publications.
  • Last, you can click ‘Save’ after you have made your changes.

Additionally, you can also select to have your list of articles updated automatically or review the updates yourself, or to update manually your articles at any time.

Solution 2: Publish or Perish features to deal with stray citations

Another reason why Google Scholar cannot identify your citations is due to stray citations. The term ‘stray citations’ here means the citations that have not been aggregated under the master record. The second versions commonly only have a small number of citations each.

It does not wonder if stray citations are commonly the result of misspelling of an author’s name, the title of the publication or the journal or also listing of the wrong volume, issue or page numbers. Stray citations can also happen through Google Scholar parsing errors.

It’s important to note, stray citations are not unique to Google Scholar. So, you may need to publish or perish features to deal with stray citations. By doing it, it will allow you to deal with stray citations.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. You can use the ‘Uncheck Citation’ button that deselects all citation records and eliminates them from the citation metrics.
  2. If you consider the stray citations to be valid, you will be able to merge them simply by dragging them onto the master record.

Solution 3: Review and unmerge the Scholar articles

If you have made substantial changes to your articles, the list of ‘Scholar Articles’ at the bottom of the page may no longer match the article you have edited. We suggest you review the list and unmerge the Scholar Articles which no longer correspond to your article. However, scholar articles can affect the computation of your ‘Cited by’ counts and your citation metrics.

Unlike manual additions of articles, it may take several days for all citations to the edited article to be gathered in your profile. To speed up the process, you can also add the appropriate article from Google Scholar and then merge it with your version. Then, your citation metrics can update right away.

Of course, it is also possible that the articles you have edited were already in your profile as a separate record. We suggest that you merge duplicate records by clicking the ‘Title’ column header to sort your articles by title. Then, choose the checkboxes beside the duplicate entries that must now be adjacent. Last, click the ‘Merge’ button.

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