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Contributors: Kate Shuttleworth, Emily Zheng, Monica Westin, Roger Gillis, Patricia Manghais

Introduction #

This guide provides guidance around the indexing of Open Journal Systems (OJS) in Google Scholar. It is written largely for an audience of journal managers as well as systems administrators - those who are responsible for the installation, upgrading and general maintenance of the system. We have tried to suggest the sections which are most applicable to these two audiences.

This guide focuses on Google Scholar indexing of OJS sites. Some of this information is applicable to OMP and OPS sites, but Google Scholar interaction with these sites has not been researched.

Overview of Google Scholar Indexing #

Google Scholar is a popular scholarly indexing engine that crawls the web looking for scholarly publications: articles, books, reports, theses, conference proceedings, preprints, among others. Google scholar identifies scholarly content, determines each item’s bibliographic metadata, and groups different online versions of an item together with this metadata in search results.

There is no need to register your journal with Google Scholar. Google Scholar will eventually find and automatically crawl the site. If you notice that your journal is not appearing in Google Scholar, there may be some issues that need to be addressed, see the common OJS indexing problems and suggested fixes below.

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Google Scholar relies on two key pieces of information in order to do its indexing:

  1. A way to crawl all the Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) - or essentially links - for articles, either via a crawler-friendly browse (usually set up by default for OJS instances), or a sitemap.

  2. Bibliographic information from articles in the form of machine-readable metadata tags (“metatags”). These metatags are derived from the information you add to the forms in OJS to describe your journal, issues, and submissions.

Bibliographic metatags indicate to Google Scholar the specific metadata for an article (e.g. title, author, publication date, etc.).

Example set of metatags from Google Scholar inclusion guidelines:

<meta name="citation_title" content="The testis isoform of the phosphorylase kinase catalytic subunit (PhK-T) plays a critical role in regulation of glycogen mobilization in developing lung"><meta name="citation_author" content="Liu, Li"><meta name="citation_author" content="Rannels, Stephen R."><meta name="citation_author" content="Falconieri, Mary"><meta name="citation_author" content="Phillips, Karen S."><meta name="citation_author" content="Wolpert, Ellen B."><meta name="citation_author" content="Weaver, Timothy E."><meta name="citation_publication_date" content="1996/05/17"><meta name="citation_journal_title" content="Journal of Biological Chemistry"><meta name="citation_volume" content="271"><meta name="citation_issue" content="20"><meta name="citation_firstpage" content="11761"><meta name="citation_lastpage" content="11766"><meta name="citation_pdf_url" content="">

The <meta name="citation_pdf_url"/> tells the indexing system which file to associate with this metadata, and provides a direct URL to the article galley.

You can review the metatags for one of your articles by going to the landing page for the article, then viewing the HTML source. Usually you can do this by right clicking on the page and selecting “View Page Source”, “Inspect Element”, “Developer Tools”, or using a keyboard command, depending on which browser you use.

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Once viewing the source code of your article page, you can search the HTML source for “citation_” to view metatags. This process can be used to test and troubleshoot many of the OJS indexing errors described in this guide.

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Troubleshooting for Journal Managers and Editors #

If you notice that Google Scholar has not indexed or ceased indexing your journal, it could be due to inconsistencies between the journal’s metadata and the Galley files. Metadata in the Tags & Galley should match precisely. Some common discrepancies include:

Follow the steps below to check for consistency in your journal’s metadata. If the metadata seems to be correct but your journal’s articles do not appear in Google Scholar search results, it may take some time before the changes show up in the Google Scholar site, as once Google Scholar has indexed an article, any changes will not be reflected until Google Scholar makes changes to its’ index (which occurs twice yearly). Should the changes still not appear, contact your site administrator for further support for further troubleshooting (see the ‘Troubleshooting for Site Administrators’ section). To learn more about metadata practices, see the Better Practices in Journal Metadata guide.

Check for consistency in the publication date #

The publication metatag should match the date of formal publication for the issue, as well as the publication date listed on the article PDF. If one of these dates is incorrect you can change it on the journal site (in the Issue Data settings) or on the article PDF.

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There is a known bug for different versions of OJS below that cause incorrect dates to be listed in the metatags. If you are using any version of 3.0.x or 2.4.x and have widespread date errors in the metatags across your site, this bug is a likely cause.

To test for this problem, review the HTML source for your articles to view the date metatag for articles across your journals. Compare these dates with the publication dates listed in the PDFs, as well as the publication date for the issues in which these articles appear.

If the problem is widespread across your OJS site, and you are currently using one of the OJS versions listed here, there is a patch that has been developed specifically to fix this problem. This patch will ensure that only the publication date is being used in the date metatag.

Patches for supported versions of OJS include:

More information about the code patch can be found here.

Contact your site administrator if you believe that your journal may be affected by this bug.

Use only one language in each metadata tag, and don’t reproduce duplicate metadata in different languages/scripts across multiple metatags #

Another common error for OJS journals occurs when multiple languages or scripts are combined in the metatags for a single article, resulting in mixed bibliographic information. This causes confusion both for the Scholar indexing system and for researchers who may, for example, click on a Scholar search result that seems to be an article written in a familiar language – and end up on a PDF they can’t read. Avoid duplicating this information in different languages or scripts within a single field.

Example including the translated version of the title in title metatags:

<meta name="citation_title" content="War and Peace == Война и мир" />

Example listing authors in native script/language of home institution when it is not the language in which the article was written:

<meta name="citation_author" content="Tolstoy, Lev Nikolayevich "/>

Use the full-text language in the metadata tags #

The language of the abstract should match the language of the metatags, such as the title metatag. Using English as the default language for metatags, regardless of the language of the article, will also cause problems for indexing. It also results in missed citations, because articles that cite another article will likely use the language of the full-text for the citation. Missing citations means articles won’t be ranked as they should be in Scholar search results - and both of these result in unhappy authors.

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The fix for both of these issues is to use the language of the full text in the PDF as a guide for the language to use in entering the metadata in the fields in OJS.

Adding multilingual metadata in OJS 3.2 #

In OJS 3.2, it is possible to enable multiple languages for your journal and add metadata in those languages in separate fields. This avoids the indexing issues that can result from inconsistencies with the metadata language not matching the language of the article text, or of combining multiple languages in the same metadata field. Note that you should still ensure that the primary language for the submission matches the language of the full article text, and that metadata is entered in the language of the full article text, regardless of whether or not additional language metadata is included.

If an article is published in multiple languages, Google Scholar will only index the primary language.

See the Learning OJS 3.2 guide under Website settings - Languages for details on enabling multiple languages for your journal. See Production and Publication - Multilingual Submissions for details on adding metadata in multiple languages.

Ensure that authors’ names are formatted consistently #

Common formatting errors could include incorrect/inconsistent “first name, last name: format, incomplete names, spelling errors or capitalization, and discrepancies between metatags and published PDF.

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In the red metatags below, you can see a few different examples of common author name errors, all of which will break indexing in Google Scholar. In the first metatag, notice that the author’s first name and last name have been inverted. In the second, only part of the author’s name has been entered. And in the last, a lower case spelling has been used for the author’s name.

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To troubleshoot and fix these errors, you will want to compare the names in the citation_author metatags with how it appears in the PDF. If there are discrepancies, make the change to the metatags in the article metadata within your journal to match the PDF. Remember to look out for formatting and capitalization.

Troubleshooting for Site Administrators #

If you notice that Google Scholar has not indexed or ceased indexing your journal, there are a few potential causes. Google Scholar will stop indexing a journal if:

  • There are high numbers of metadata errors (see the Troubleshooting for Journal Managers and Editors section for details)
  • The metatags are missing entirely (a known bug for upgrades to some versions of OJS)
  • The HTTPS certificate is invalid or expired
  • There are frequent site downtimes
  • The OJS site has been hacked

Below, we will detail how to recognize & fix these common problems.

Metatags no longer included after OJS upgrade #

There is a known bug for upgrades to some versions of OJS: OJS 2.x to OJS 3.0.1, 3.0.2, 3.1.0, and 3.1.1 that does create issues for journals in relation to Google Scholar.

In these cases, the Google Scholar plugin that creates metatags for OJS journals is disabled during the upgrade, even if it was enabled on the previous version.

If your OJS site has upgraded to any version of OJS listed above, it’s a good idea to check if your journals have been affected by this issue. The best way to check is to search for the “citation_title” metatag in the HTML source for a few articles in each journal that upgraded. If there is no title metatag, you have likely been affected by this disabled plugin issue.

There are a few different ways to fix this issue, depending on how many OJS journals you publish. If the collection of journals on your OJS site is small enough that you are able to make a simple manual adjustment for each journal, that is probably the easiest solution. To enable the Google Scholar plugin manually on a journal by journal basis, start by logging into the administrator dashboard for your journal. From the “plugins” tab, find the list of “generic plugins” and check the “Google Scholar Indexing Plugin” checkbox. Be sure to save your settings. Repeat for every affected journal.

Otherwise, if you have so many journals on your OJS site that making a change for each individual journal will take too much time, you can use an SQL command to adjust your journals database all at once.

Finally, you can upgrade to OJS version 3.1.2 and newer, where the fix for this bug has been built in. This is the recommended solution by both PKP and Google Scholar (see “Best practices for OJS journals” above).

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate errors #

When the https version of a site returns errors due to an invalid certificate, the indexing system is blocked from crawling the site and is forced to remove it from the Scholar index.

To test, open an article in several different browsers (Chrome, Safari, etc). If you see warnings that the connection is not private, contact your SSL certificate provider to fix. If possible, ask them to set up automated renewals to avoid future expirations.

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Site downtimes #

Frequent site downtimes will trigger Google Scholar to cease indexing a journal.

Work with your host to minimize downtime for scheduled maintenance, and manage anticipated traffic to prevent traffic overload.

During site migrations, the best practice is to keep the old site functional and live while the new site is being developed, to avoid interruptions in access for both researchers and the indexing system. When the new site is ready to go live, first put the article-level redirects in place, then change the DNS lookup to the new server. (See also “Set up article-level redirects”)

When migrating an OJS journal, try to keep the old site functional while you develop your new site. This avoids interruptions in access for both researchers and indexing systems. When the new site is ready to go live, first put the article-level redirects in place, then change the DNS lookup to the new server.

Site hacks #

Hacked OJS sites are used for commercial spamming. Being hacked may not be immediately obvious to editors and journal managers.

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Google Scholar tries to identify hacked sites, and cease to index them.

If you suspect that your OJS site might be hacked:

  • Emulate the Google crawler (to see what it “sees”) by setting your user-agent to Googlebot: curl -A Googlebot URL_ON_YOUR_SITE
    • Check a broad sample of randomly selected articles to see if they return a different page from what you see in the browser, or redirect to another site.
  • Alert your hosting provider. They should be able to analyze and fix underlying security issues.
  • Alert the PKP community forum and share your solutions

Best practice for OJS is to ensure that you are running the newest version and to monitor the PKP community forum and the PKP website for new releases and upgrade if possible. If you are the victim of spammers, you can use the “merge users” tool either in the User administration interface or through the command line to remove these accounts in bulk. We also recommend enabling reCaptcha in your OJS configuration file to reduce the number of spam accounts created in your installation.

Best practices for OJS journal indexing #

Avoid customized URL structures #

The Google Scholar indexing system has been trained to recognize the standard OJS URL structure. While OJS allows customization of URL paths, customized urls makes it harder for the crawler to identify OJS journals. The structure should be:


For example:

We recommend against customizing OJS’s url paths, which will make it slower and more difficult for Google Scholar crawlers to index the site.

Set up article-level redirects #

When a journal site moves or items are renumbered, this will result in article-level HTTP needing to be redirected.

If your journal will be migrating or has migrated, or articles have been renumbered or given new identifiers, it will be important to minimize broken links. You will need to set up redirects at the article level, from the previous article URL to the new article URL; it is not sufficient to simply redirect the old articles to the new homepage URL.

These redirects would need to be permanent HTTP 301s and not HTTP 302s. For more information on the differences between the two, see this guide to 301 and 302 redirects.

Google Scholar indexing guidelines and resources for OJS #

  1. Google Scholar inclusion & troubleshooting guidelines

  2. “Indexing Repositories: Pitfalls & Best Practices” presentation from 2015 Open Repositories conference (targeted to repositories, but has good general guidelines for both Scholar & web indexing)

  3. PKP Community Forum

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Is Google Scholar indexed journal good? ›

You have spent all those years of hard work on your research study to see it published in a reputed journal one day. Speaking of which, Google scholar journals are considered the most reputed in the world of academic journals.

How long does it take to be indexed in Google Scholar? ›

Remember, Google estimates that it can take 6 - 8 weeks for a published article to be indexed. You may just need to wait a little longer. You can learn more about Google Scholar's troubleshooting recommendations on their website here.

What does it mean to be indexed by Google Scholar? ›

Google scholar identifies scholarly content, determines each item's bibliographic metadata, and groups different online versions of an item together with this metadata in search results. There is no need to register your journal with Google Scholar.

What is a good h-index Google Scholar? ›

What is a Good h-Index? Hirsch reckons that after 20 years of research, an h-index of 20 is good, 40 is outstanding, and 60 is truly exceptional.

Is Google Scholar better than Scopus? ›

GS known to cover a lot of non-reviewed content. Non-journal coverage – Google Scholar has more unique types of materials (PDF files, Word docs, technical reports, theses and dissertations, etc.). Web of Science and Scopus both have “some” proceedings and books but they are mainly covering journal articles.

What are the cons of Google Scholar? ›

Cons: Google Scholar doesn't access everything in the library's subscription databases, especially the most current information. Not everything is peer-reviewed, nor can you search or filter by peer-review status.

Why getting indexed by Google is so difficult? ›

If your page doesn't provide unique, valuable content that Google wants to show to users, you will have a hard time getting it indexed (and shouldn't be surprised). Google may recognize some of your pages as duplicate content, even if you didn't mean for that to happen.

Does indexing increase speed of writes? ›

Indexes increase the amount of data that needs to be logged and written to a database. Indexes reduce write performance.

How can I speed up my indexing? ›

Go to Control Panel | Indexing Options to monitor the indexing. The DisableBackOff = 1 option makes the indexing go faster than the default value. You can continue to work on the computer but indexing will continue in the background and is less likely to pause when other programs are running.

What is a good citation index score? ›

One rule that is widely accepted, however, is that an h-index score should at least be equal to the number of years a scholar has put into his or her work. This rule was prescribed by Hirsch who recommended an h-index of at least 20 after working for the same number of years.

How does indexing and ranking work? ›

In a nutshell, this process involves the following steps: Crawling – Following links to discover the most important pages on the web. Indexing – Storing information about all the retrieved pages for later retrieval. Ranking – Determining what each page is about, and how it should rank for relevant queries.

What pages should not be indexed? ›

What Does “Non-Indexed pages” Mean?
  • Blog category pages.
  • Blog author pages.
  • Pages that are indexed under another domain ( and not
  • Pages with 404 or server errors.
  • Pages with coding or a canonical tag that is telling Google to ignore it.
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Is h-index of 2 good for a PhD student? ›

What is a good h-index for a Phd student? It is very common that supervisors expect up to three publications from PhD students. Given the lengthy process of publication and the fact that once the papers are out they also need to be cited, having an h-index of 1 or 2 at the end of your PhD is a big achievement.

How many citations per year is good? ›

In fact, in Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, even for papers in ISI listed journals that are 10 years old, 4-5 ISI citations might be enough to put an article in the top 50% most cited papers in their fields, around 20 citations puts you in the top 10%.

What is Albert Einstein's h-index? ›

Example 1: Scholar indices of well-known scientists
Scientisth-index (using Publish or Perish)g-index (using Publish or Perish)
Einstein, Albert92231
Shannon, CE44228
Erdős, Paul76142
Shenker, Scott105253
3 more rows

Why is Scopus h lower than Google Scholar? ›

Google Scholar is a search engine and hence has a much wider coverage than Scopus, including theses and unpublished materials, etc. These are content types that are not indexed on Scopus and therefore will not contribute to the citation count so therefore the Scopus count is likely to be lower.

Why is Google Scholar better for research than Google? ›

Google Scholar: Google Scholar indexes a wide range of scholarly literature. Use of the Google Scholar search box will provide many search results, most of which are scholarly in nature. Google Scholar includes content that is not in library databases, such as grey literature and content from university repositories.

Is Google Scholar always peer-reviewed? ›

If you find articles in Google Scholar, you would have to look up the journal the article is published in to find out whether they use peer review or not. When using library databases, there are options to restrict to peer review, either from the main search page or usually in the left hand column of the results page.

Why is PubMed better than Google Scholar? ›

Unlike Google Scholar, PubMed provides indexed content that is directly relevant to physicians, including clinical controlled vocabulary (MeSH [medical subject headings]), search limits (such as limiting articles by age or study type), and access to discipline-specific and methods search filters [24,41-43].

Is Google Scholar enough for a literature review? ›

According to (Gusenbauer, M., & Haddaway, N. R. (2020). The use of google scholar as the web-based academic search engine can be used under the secondary synthesis where not only systematic review and metal analysis are considered but also the literature review can be taken into the consideration.

Is everything on Google Scholar true? ›

While Google Scholar is free and easy to use, it does not mean that everything found on it is a fully reliable source. It is up to the researcher to determine if the source is reliable.

How long does it take Google to index content? ›

As a rule of thumb, we usually estimate: 3–4 weeks for websites with less than 500 pages. 2–3 months for websites with 500 to 25,000 pages. 4–12 months for websites with more than 25,000 pages.

Why my posts are not getting indexed? ›

As a matter of fact, Google might take days or even weeks to index your site. Simply put, it is absolutely normal for a newly published post/page/website to take some time before it gets crawled or indexed by Google.

How do I get Google to index higher? ›

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When should you not use indexing? ›

Indexes should not be used on columns that return a high percentage of data rows when used as a filter condition in a query's WHERE clause. For instance, you would not have an entry for the word "the" or "and" in the index of a book. Tables that have frequent, large batch update jobs run can be indexed.

Does indexing reduce performance? ›

Yes, indexes can hurt performance for SELECTs. It is important to understand how database engines operate. Data is stored on disk(s) in "pages". Indexes make it possible to access the specific page that has a specific value in one or more columns in the table.

Does turning off indexing improve performance? ›

Disabling indexing will increase the time it takes for Windows and other apps to return search results. So, if you have a fast CPU and a standard hard drive, you can keep indexing on. Since hard drives are slow to read, Windows will take longer searching for files without indexed data.

How do I know when indexing is complete? ›

If the Indexer successfully builds the index database, you see the message Indexing complete on the Windows Search settings page and in Indexing Options.

How do you complete indexing? ›

How do I fix search results in Outlook?
  1. In Outlook, click in the Search box.
  2. Click the Search tab, click Search Tools, and then click Indexing Status.
  3. When the Indexing Status dialog appears, you should see the following: Outlook has finished indexing all of your items. 0 items remaining to be indexed.

How long does it take to rebuild indexing? ›

The rebuild times usually should last less than 10 minutes, but depends on the database size. The index rebuild is atomic operation that is not considered a data corruption threat. When you create or rebuild an index, you can specify a fill factor, which is the amount the data pages in the index that are filled.

Is 100 citations for a paper good? ›

With 10 or more citations, your work is now in the top 24% of the most cited work worldwide; this increased to the top 1.8% as you reach 100 or more citations. Main take home message: the average citation per manuscript is clearly below 10!

Is an h-index of 90 good? ›

h index of 40 after 20 years of scientific activity, characterizes outstanding scientists, likely to be found only at the top universities or major research laboratories. h index of 60 after 20 years, or 90 after 30 years, characterizes truly unique individuals.

Is an h-index of 11 good? ›

H-index scores between 3 and 5 seem common for new assistant professors, scores between 8 and 12 fairly standard for promotion to the position of tenured associate professor, and scores between 15 and 20 about right for becoming a full professor.

Why is indexing so important? ›

Maintain Uniqueness: Indexing is the best tool to maintain uniqueness of records in a database. Each time a new record is added, it is done in a way to make sure there are no duplicates. Having unique records dramatically improves search time.

What does indexing actually do? ›

Indexing is the way to get an unordered table into an order that will maximize the query's efficiency while searching. When a table is unindexed, the order of the rows will likely not be discernible by the query as optimized in any way, and your query will therefore have to search through the rows linearly.

What are pros and cons for indexing? ›

They have various advantages like increased performance in searching for records, sorting records, grouping records, or maintaining a unique column. Some of the disadvantages include increased disk space, slower data modification, and updating records in the clustered index.

Why are pages crawled but not indexed? ›

“Crawled – currently not indexed” is a Google Search Console status. It means that Googlebot visited a given page but didn't index it. As a consequence, the page won't appear in Google Search. At Onely, we fix this problem by addressing low quality, duplicate content, and poor website architecture.

How many pages should an index be? ›

The length of the index should be about one double-spaced manuscript page for each 12–15 pages of the printed book: a 300-page book would have an index of 20–25 manuscript pages.

How do I know if my publication is indexed? ›

  1. Type the journal title or ISSN on the search box and click on the search button.
  2. The journal details will be shown if it is in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) catalog.
  3. Check the “Current indexing status.” Indexed journal shows “Currently indexed for MEDLINE”

Is an h-index of 3 high? ›

It is calculated by dividing a scientist's h-index by the number of years that have passed since the first publication, with a score of 1 being very good indeed, 2 being outstanding and 3 truly exceptional.

Should you put h-index on CV? ›

Since citation counts and H-index change over time (even for a fixed set of publications) it is probably best to omit this information from your CV and instead report it in the "response to selection criteria" for relevant positions you apply for.

Which professor has the highest h-index? ›

Highly Cited Researchers (h>100) according to their Google Scholar Citations public profiles
1Ronald C Kessler316
2JoAnn E Manson300
3Robert Langer297
4Graham Colditz295
92 more rows

How do I increase my Google Scholar citations? ›

Select the "Add articles" option from the menu. Search for your articles using titles, keywords, or your name. Your citation metrics will update immediately to account for the articles you added. If your search doesn't find the right article, click "Add article manually".

Is 100 citations a year good? ›

A hundred citations is clearly “highly impactful” regardless of the year the paper was published. To get a better sense of papers that are above the baseline, we can take a look at the actual numbers.

Who has the most citations ever? ›

The top 10 most cited work
1305,148J. Biol. Chem.
3155,530Anal. Biochem.
465,335Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA
6 more rows

Is an h-index of 37 good? ›

What is a Good h-Index? Hirsch reckons that after 20 years of research, an h-index of 20 is good, 40 is outstanding, and 60 is truly exceptional.

What was Stephen Hawking h-index? ›

For example, Stephen W Hawking has published several physics papers and 62 of these have been cited at least 62 times giving him an h index of 62. The index has the advantage of allowing easy comparison between researchers of different ages in different fields, and helps measure the importance of their work.

Which journal has the highest h-index? ›

Top publications
2.The New England Journal of Medicine432
4.IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition389
96 more rows

Are Google Scholar journals peer-reviewed? ›

If you find articles in Google Scholar, you would have to look up the journal the article is published in to find out whether they use peer review or not. When using library databases, there are options to restrict to peer review, either from the main search page or usually in the left hand column of the results page.

Which is the best indexing for journals? ›

Indexing Bodies
  • Google Scholar.
  • Scopus.
  • PubMed.
  • EBSCO.
  • DOAJ.
  • ISI Indexing.
  • SCIE.
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Which journals are indexed in Google Scholar? ›

Top publications
  • Nature. 444. 667.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine. 432. 780.
  • Science. 401. 614.
  • IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. 389. 627.
  • The Lancet. 354. 635.
  • Advanced Materials. 312. 418.
  • Nature Communications. 307. 428.
  • Cell. 300. 505.

Is Google Scholar is a reliable database for peer-reviewed articles? ›

Google Scholar is a Web Search engine run by Google that indexes scholarly literature like peer-reviewed journals, academic books, conference papers, and more. As such, Google Scholar is a good way to find "grey literature," or material like conference papers that have not been published in traditional ways.

Is everything on Google Scholar from a journal? ›

Google Scholar includes journal and conference papers, theses and dissertations, academic books, pre-prints, abstracts, technical reports and other scholarly literature from all broad areas of research.

Is Google Scholar All scholarly sources? ›

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Are Google Scholar references accurate? ›

Rather than searching all of the indexed information on the web, it searches repositories of publishers, universities or scholarly websites. This is generally a smaller subset of the pool that Google searches. It's all done automatically, but still most of the results of a search tend to be reliable scholarly sources.

Which is better Q1 or Q4 journal? ›

Q1 is occupied by the top 25% of journals in the list; Q2 is occupied by journals in the 25 to 50% group; Q3 is occupied by journals in the 50 to 75% group and Q4 is occupied by journals in the 75 to 100% group. The most prestigious journals within a subject area are those which occupy the first quartile, Q1.

How do you know if a journal is Tier 1? ›

You can use the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) (Clarivate Analytics) or Scimago (Scopus) to check the tier and ranking by subject of a journal.

Is indexing in Scopus good? ›

Several research scholars consider it as a high quality source for contemporary data analyses as it includes almost all the science journals covered under WOS. Furthermore, it has broader subject area and geography coverage. An additional feature that Scopus offers is the altmetrics data.

Who has the highest h-index in Google Scholar? ›

Ronald C Kessler

How do I get my Google Scholar papers indexed? ›

What steps can I take to get my journals indexed by Google Scholar?
  1. Checking your HTML or PDF file formats to make sure the text is searchable.
  2. Configuring your website to export bibliographic data in HTML meta tags.
  3. Publishing all articles on separate webpages (i.e. each article should have its own URL)
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How do I become visible on Google Scholar? ›

Create a Google Scholar Profile
  1. Step 1: Create your basic profile. Log on to and click the “My Profile” link at the top of the page to get your account setup started. ...
  2. Step 2: Add publications. ...
  3. Step 3: Make your profile public.

Why are databases better than Google Scholar? ›

Additionally, Google Scholar is not able to filter out non-scholarly materials, so users have to be particularly careful to evaluate the sources they find. Library databases, however, much more reliably contain high-quality resources and have tools to filter out non-academic results.

Does Google Scholar's results include all articles like library database? ›

Google Scholar includes content that is not in library databases, such as grey literature and content from university repositories. It also includes content that is in library databases, but not all of that content (though there is some overlap). The options for narrowing your search in Google Scholar are limited.

Is Google Scholar a primary or secondary source? ›

Primary Sources: Using Google and Google Scholar.


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