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Google Scholar: Set Up Your Profile

This guide helps you read the Google Scholar result screen, and shows you how to reach the full articles and download the citations.

Set up your Google Scholar profile to track your citations

Google Scholar Citations provides a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles, you can:

  • Choose to have your list of articles updated by Google Scholar automatically.
  • Add one article or groups of related articles in one search.
  • Check who is citing your publications.
  • Graph citations over time.
  • Compute several citation metrics. Your citation metrics are computed and updated automatically as Google Scholar finds new citations to your work on the web.
  • Make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

How to Create My Author Profile?

Setting up your profile: (Online Tutorial)

  1. Sign up for a Google Scholar Citations profile.
  2. Create a regular Google account, or sign in to the one you already have.
  3. Once you've signed in to your Google account, the Citations sign up form will ask you to confirm your name, and to enter your affiliation, research interests, etc.
  4. On the next page, you'll see groups of articles written by people with names similar to yours. Click "Add all articles" next to each article group that is yours, or "See all articles" to add specific articles from that group. If you don't see your articles in these groups, click "Search articles" to do a regular Google Scholar search, and then add your articles one at a time.
  5. Once you're done with adding articles, it will ask you what to do when the article data changes in Google Scholar. You can either have the updates applied to your profile automatically, or you can choose to review them beforehand. In either case, you can always go to your profile and make changes by hand.
  6. Finally, you will see your profile. You can upload your professional looking photo, visit your university email inbox and click on the verification link, double check the list of articles, and, once you're completely satisfied, make your profile public.

How to Manage My Citations

 Manage your profile


1. Update your profile information: 
Click the "Edit" link to update your profile information.
2. Scholar Metrics (Citation Indices):
Google Scholar Citations compute two versions, All and Recent, of three metrics - h-index, i10-index and the total number of citations. for more information, please visit
3. Citation Graph:
Your citation metrics and citation graph will be automatically updated whenever Google Scholar is updated.
4. Actions Menu:
  • Add - select the "Add" option from the Actions menu. Search for your articles using titles, keywords, or your name. To add one article at a time, click "Search articles" and then "Add article" next to the article you wish to add. If your search doesn't find the right article, click "Add article manually". Then, type in the title, the authors, etc., and click "Save. To add a group of related articles, click "Search article groups" and then "Add all articles" next to the group you wish to add.
  • Export - to export all articles from your profile, choose the "Export" option from the Actions menu. To export specific articles, select the desired articles and then choose the "Export" option. You can pick the format for the exported articles using the menu on the export page.
  • Merge - it is possible that the article you've edited was already in your profile as a separate record. To merge the duplicate records - click the "Title/Author" column header to sort your articles by title, select the checkboxes next to the duplicate entries, which should now be adjacent, and then select the "Merge" option from the Actions menu.
  • Delete - select the articles you would like to remove. Then, choose the "Delete" option from the Actions menu.
  • View trash - deleted articles are moved to the Trash. To view articles in the Trash, select the "View Trash" option from the Actions menu. To restore an article from the Trash, select the article and click the "Restore" button.
  • Profile updates - select the "Profile updates" option from the Actions menu. Choose the automatic updates setting and click "Update settings". Your profile will be automatically updated when Google Scholar is updated.
For further information on Google Scholar Citations, please visit here.


HKUST Scholarly Publications

The Library has a Scholarly Publications Database to track output of HKUST researchers and identify high impact knowledge areas at HKUST. For more information on the HKUST Scholarly Publications, please visit

If you have already created an author profile in the Scholarly Publications database and would like to include the Google Scholar Metrics into it, you are welcome to send a email to with the URL field "user=zKZjZLwAAAAJ", and we will contact you personally to discuss the next steps in the process.

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