Is Google Scholar flawless? Of course not!

Reviews the major limitations of Google Scholar


Ok, I know I have been quite an advocate of Google Scholar. As I have argued in the past, Google Scholar and Publish or Perish have played a major role in democratising citation analysis. Rather than leaving it in the hands of those with access to commercial data-bases with high subscription fees, everyone with a computer and internet access can now run their own analyses. If you'd like to know more about this, have a look at this presentation.

Google Scholar Quirks

Does this mean I think Google Scholar is flawless? Of course not! Quite apart from its secrecy in terms of coverage and its oftentimes lack of response to support requests, there are quite a range of Google Scholar Quirks that are analysed in detail in my Publish or Perish tutorial.

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