Making an Impact with Google Scholar



Google Scholar is well known as a free search engine for academic papers and related documents. Less well known is Google Scholar’s “Citations” feature. In return for a few minutes of your time, Google Scholar Citations will automatically track your publications, calculate your H-index and i10-index, and create a public profile for you.


Here is some documentation that I recently prepared on Google Scholar for Loughborough University staff, which may be of more general interest.




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Using Google Scholar Citations

1. For Loughborough University staff we have created Google accounts for official business use. To avoid confusion we suggest that you log out of any personal Google account (e.g. gmail.com or googlemail.com) that you may have open. 

2. Visit the Google Scholar Citations homepage - http://scholar.google.com/citations and enter your Loughborough University email address:


3. You will be redirected to the Loughborough University Login page. Enter your University user ID and password here:


If it’s your first time, you will need to spend a few minutes getting started – please see below for some instructions to help you get up and running.


Activating Your University Google Account

If you haven’t already used your University Google account, you will see a page entitled Google Accounts: Welcome to your new account which asks you to fill out a “CAPTCHA” form such as the one shown below. You will only need to do this the first time you use your University Google account.



Creating your Google Scholar Profile

If this is your first visit you will be asked to provide some details so that Google Scholar can find your papers and populate your profile, as shown below.


It is important to note that you have full control over which papers are included in your profile.

We recommend that you:
  • Complete your profile (preferably with a photograph) and make it public, to help people to find your papers when they search in Google Scholar;

  • Add any papers by hand that Google has missed, and edit the details of the papers that Google has found to correct any mistakes;

  • Let Google Scholar find your publications automatically - this is the default.


A sample Google Scholar profile is shown below:


Once you have activated your Google account and created your profile, simply return to http://scholar.google.com/citations to use the service.


Advice and Further Information

Loughborough University staff should contact IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk if you have any problems logging in.

For advice on managing your Google Scholar profile and on managing your impact more generally, please contact your Academic Librarian.

More information on Google Scholar Citations is available from: