Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

New Google Scholar Rankings

Google_3Google Scholar has introduced a rankings element in their increasingly popular Google Scholar search engine:

How are articles ranked? Google Scholar aims to sort articles the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each article, the author, the publication in which the article appears, and how often the piece has been cited in other scholarly literature. The most relevant results will always appear on the first page.

The Official Google Blog explains:

Today [April 20] we're launching a feature of Google Scholar which will make it easier for researchers to keep up with recent research.... It's not just a plain sort by date, but rather we try to rank recent papers the way researchers do, by looking at the prominence of the author's and journal's previous papers, how many citations it already has, when it was written, and so on. Look for the new link on the upper right for "Recent articles" -- or switch to "All articles" for the full list. Scholarly endeavors are about learning what has already been done and building on it. We hope this feature will help researchers worldwide learn from and build on the latest advances.

(Hat Tip:  Feminist Law Professors.)

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I'm not sure the Feminist Law Scholars should be so reflexively skeptical of numerical measures. In many cases, the numbers may actually make women look better. The traditional system of male dominance functioned perfectly well without any scientific evidence to back it up.

Posted by: Michael A. Livingston | Apr 25, 2006 6:50:18 PM