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Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Online from: 1977

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Google Scholar Author Citation Tracker: is it too little, too late?

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Title:Google Scholar Author Citation Tracker: is it too little, too late?
Author(s):Péter Jacsó, (University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
Citation:Péter Jacsó, (2012) "Google Scholar Author Citation Tracker: is it too little, too late?", Online Information Review, Vol. 36 Iss: 1, pp.126 - 141
Keywords:Internet, Research work, Search engines
Article type:Viewpoint
DOI:10.1108/14684521211209581 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – Seven years after the release of Google Scholar in 2004, it was enhanced by a new module, the Google Scholar Author Citation Tracker (GSACT), currently a small subset of the complete Google Scholar (GS) database. The aim of this paper is to focus on this enhancement.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper discusses the Google Scholar Author Citation Tracker, its features, potential benefits and problems.

Findings – GSACT allows registered users to create and edit their scientific profiles and some bibliometric indicators, such as the h-index, total citation counts, and the i10 index. These metrics are provided for the entire academic career of authors and for the most recent five-year period. The new module also offers some long overdue essential options, such as sorting result lists of the documents by their publication year, title, and the citations received

Originality/value – The paper shows that, at present, GSACT may be too little, too late. However, with an extension of the current clean-up project it could possibly become a really scholarly resource in the long run.

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