Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly literature. It also allows you to create your own author profile, listing your publications.

Checking your Google Scholar account

Google advises that you use a personal account for your Google Scholar Citations profile, rather than a University account, so that you can keep your profile for as long as you wish - for example, if you change institution.

  • If you have used your UoB Google account instead, you will need to make a new Google Scholar account that is connected with a personal Google account.
  • If you are not sure, check by clicking on your user photo/icon at top right when you are logged in to Google Scholar; you will see the message below if it is a UoB account.
  • If you don’t see it, you are using a personal account and there is no need to take any further action.

  • If you have used a personal Google account and just put your @bristol.ac.uk address in as the ‘verified email’ this is fine.
  • You do not need to take any further action.

Setting up a new Scholar account if you have one already

  1. Set your existing Google Scholar Profile as public and sign out of Google
  2. Create (or access) a personal Google account
  3. When logged in to your personal account, go to Google Scholar
  4. Click “My profile”
  5. Fill in your credentials and set your email for verification as your university email, then click next
  6. Find yourself in the list (your existing profile should be visible) and select all articles against this profile
  7. Click the next icon at the upper right of the screen
  8. Decide on your personal settings and click done; note that if you had Alerts on your old profile you will need to set these up again
  9. Edit your profile as desired, if you have customized your profile or articles, for example by merging articles, this will need to be redone at this stage; you will also need to re-add any co-authors
  10. Once you are happy with the content of your new profile, you can access your old profile and make it private or delete it. Note that if you leave both profiles public, then Google will mail you after a few days to inform you that they appear to be duplicates and ask which you want to keep; if you don’t respond they will pick one automatically.

Further advice from Google on how to set up a Scholar account.

Your questions

Q Can I use my UoB email address in my Scholar profile?

A Yes, you can use your @bristol.ac.uk address as your verified email address in Scholar; in fact Google encourage the use of institutional email addresses for verification.

Q Can I transfer data from one profile to another?

A No, it is not possible to transfer data from one Scholar account from one Google account to another. You can select articles from an existing profile, as explained above or export search results and citations from Google Scholar in various formats.

Q Can I have two Google Scholar accounts? For example, an old one associated with my UoB Google account, and a new one associated with my personal Google account

A Yes, in order to set up the new account this is fine. But you should then make the one on your UoB Google account private to avoid any confusion. The ‘make public/private’ option is available if you click the pencil icon by your name in your Scholar profile.

Note that if you leave both profiles public then Google will contact you after a few days to inform you that they appear to be duplicates and ask which you want to keep; if you don’t respond they will pick one automatically.

Q Will a Scholar account associated with my personal Google account be as ‘good’ as one associated with my UoB Google account?

A Yes, and in fact Google recommend the use of personal Google accounts, and to use institutional email addresses for verification purposes.

Q Can I change the institutional email address on my Google Scholar account, if needed?

A Yes, just click on the pencil icon by your name in your Scholar profile and update the ‘Email for verification’ field. Google will send an email to that address for confirmation.

Q How do I share my new account?

A Click on “My profile”, then copy the URL that appears. It will be in the format:

https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=xxxxxxxxxxxx

Where xxxxxxxxxxxx is replaced with your unique identifier