If other articles from trusted websites have cited a journal article Google Scholar will know to index it, but any content that is not published on a “trusted” website and that has not been cited by an article already included in Google Scholar will not be indexed right away.In order for Google Scholar to deem a journal website trustworthy, it must follow all of Google Scholar’s technical guidelines.Google Scholar includes content across academic disciplines, from all countries, and in all languages.
If other articles from trusted websites have cited a journal article Google Scholar will know to index it, but any content that is not published on a “trusted” website and that has not been cited by an article already included in Google Scholar will not be indexed right away.
Before we get into the specific benefits of Google Scholar and its inclusion requirements, let’s first take a look at what Google Scholar is exactly and how it works.
Like Google, Google Scholar is a crawler-based search engine.
A 2015 survey on 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication also found that 92% of academics surveyed used Google Scholar.
With so many researchers using Google Scholar, it’s a search engine that all journal publishers should prioritize.
Getting your journal articles indexed in Google Scholar will: For open access journals the importance of Google Scholar indexing is even greater.
If you want your content to be accessible, making it freely available isn’t enough — you have to be sure that anyone can find your journal articles on the web and that they aren’t only available to scholars with access to subscription-based academic abstracting and indexing databases or prior knowledge of your journals (i.e.A primary benefit of Google Scholar is that, unlike other databases, its search functionality focuses on individual articles, not entire journals.So having your articles indexed in Google Scholar can help more scholars discover the journals you publish when those articles show up in keyword and key phrase searches.As noted, Google Scholar doesn’t just index all of the content it can access on the web.Rather, it seeks to index content from what it deems to be “trusted” publication websites.For example, Scholastica is already recognized as a trusted site by Google Scholar so all journals that publish via Scholastica journal websites are automatically indexed with no extra work on the part of the editors.Some journal databases, such as JSTOR or Project Muse, are also indexed by Google Scholar.In this blog post, we overview how Google Scholar works, the benefits of Google Scholar indexing, and what you need to know to have your journal articles added to Google Scholar. Since you’re reading this blog post, you likely know about Google Scholar as an academic search tool.But you may not be entirely sure of how Google Scholar processes content or how it compares to Google’s general search engine.So if you publish via a Google Scholar indexed aggregator or database, or if you regularly upload articles to one, you may also be able to have articles added to Google Scholar through it.You’ll want to check with any journal hosting platform or aggregator to make sure that they support indexing in Google Scholar.