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Creating and Managing Google Scholar Profiles

Step 1: Create your basic profile

  1. Log on to and click the “My Profile” link at the top of the page to get your account setup started.
  2. On the first screen, add your affiliation information and university email address so Google Scholar can confirm your account. Add keywords that are relevant to your research interests so others can find you when browsing a subject area. Provide a link to your faculty page.
  3. Click “Next Step,” and--that’s it! Your basic profile is done. Now, let’s add some publications to it.

Step 2: Add publications

Google has likely already been indexing your work for some time now as part of their mission as a scholarly search engine. However, keep in mind that Google Scholar does not index everything.

Google Scholar will provide you with a list of publications they think belong to you. You’ll need to read through the list of publications that it suggests as yours and select which ones you want to add to your profile.

Beware--if you have a common name, it’s likely there’s some publications in this list that don’t belong to you. And there’s also possibly content that you don’t want on your profile because it’s not a scholarly article, or is not representative of your current research path, and so on.

  1. Read through the publications list and deselect any that you do not want to add to your profile (like the below newsletter item that Google Scholar thinks is a scholarly article).

  2. Click the grey “Add” button at the top of your profile.

    A screenshot of a list of papers that Google Scholar has associated with an author. An arrow points to the checkbox next to one result, with text reading "Deselect any publications you don't want added to your profile"

  3. Confirm you want Google to automatically add new publications to your profile in the future. If you’ve got a very common name, note that this might add publications you didn’t author to your profile. But if you’re a prolific author, it can be worth it for the time it saves you approving new articles every month.

Your profile is now almost complete! Two more steps: add a photo by clicking the “Change Photo” link on your profile homepage, and set your private profile to “Public.”

Step 3: Make your profile public

Your profile is private if you’ve just created it. Change your profile visibility by clicking the link to "Make it public" under your name and title. You can also make your profile public by clicking the Edit button and selecting the box next to the words "Make my profile public."

Step 4: Add missing articles

You might have articles that Google Scholar didn’t automatically add to your profile. If that’s the case, you’ll need to add it manually.

  1. Click the “Add” icon button (looks like a plus) in the grey toolbar within your profile.

  2. Select "Add articles manually."

  3. Complete the form for each new paper to add to your profile. Include as much information as possible so that Google Scholar can find citations to yoru work.

  4. Click "Save" after filling out the form and repeat as needed.

Step 5: Clean up your Google Scholar Profile data

Thanks to Google Scholar Profiles’ “auto add” functionality, your Profile might include some articles you didn’t author.

If that’s the case, you can remove them in one of two ways:

  • Click on the title of each offending article to get to the article’s page, and then clicking the “Delete” button a the top of the page.
  • From the main Profile page, tick the boxes next to each incorrect article and click the “Delete” button in the top grey bar.

That's it!

Google Scholar will automatically populate your profile (to the best of its abilities).