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Documenting Impact & Increasing Visibility

Examples and tutorials for documenting and improving scholarly visibility and impact.

Google Scholar Profile

Google Scholar Account Set-up

  1. You will need a Google Account. 
    • Sign-up for an account if you don't already have one.
    • You can use a personal email or your ISU email address. 
  2. Sign into Google Scholar using your Google Account.
  3. Click My Profile at the top of the page to enter your profile.
  4. From this screen you can:
    • Edit your profile information, including where you work, name, photo, and research interests.
    • Manage your publications.

You can also explore the profiles of other faculty at Iowa State University on Google Scholar.

Edit Your Profile 

  1. Click Edit to enter edit mode.
  2. Add a photo by uploading a photo from your computer. Make sure to choose a photo that represents you as a professional.
  3. Fill out your university affiliation and add your ISU email address (this will verify your scholar profile).
  4. Check box to Make my profile public.
    • If you don't make your profile public then other people cannot locate you on Google Scholar.

Add a publication

  1. Click the Add button below your photo.
    • This starts a search based on your name.
  2. You can locate an article 3 ways once you are on the "add" screen. You can switch search modes using the menu on the left which is above your photo. The results on this page are based on the search at the top of the screen, by default it searches for your name, but you can change the search at any time to make it more exact.
    1. Add article groups - this method doesn't always work well but it lets you add multiple articles to your profile at once.
    2. Add articles - select individual article to add to your profile. (try searching by article name).
    3. Add article manually - if your work has not been indexed by Google Scholar then you can add it yourself. You can add many different types of publications in this form. Sadly ;the form does not let you add a link to an electronic version.
  3. You can set your update preferences on the "add" screen also. It provides 2 options: allow Google to auto-update and add newer articles to your profile - OR - be notified by email of new content to review and confirm before it is added to your profile.

Merge Duplicates 

  1. Use the checkboxes to select your duplicate publications, one set at a time.
  2. The Add button changes to a Merge button on the toolbar, click it.
  3. Choose the record with the best information (least typos) and click Merge.
  4. Repeat as needed.

Delete publications

  1. Use the checkboxes to select the publication(s) you want to delete.
  2. A Delete button will appear to the left of the Merge button on the toolbar.
  3. As soon as you click Delete the publication(s) are removed.
    • There is a one-time undo message after you delete publication(s).
  4. Repeat as needed.

Google Scholar lets you download your publication data so you can easily import it into other programs. Please note that it only exports your publications info, not citation counts.

  1. Select the articles you want to export.
    • You can "select all" by checking the box next to "title" on the gray bar under your photo.
  2. Click Export (and choose a file type.
    1. BibTeX, EndNote, RefMan and CSV are the available file types.

Open Scholarship Services

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