Google Scholar Indexing Guide for OJS

October 22nd, 2020 by  | Comments Off on Google Scholar Indexing Guide for OJS

Can’t find your Open Journal Systems (OJS) journal on Google Scholar? Check out the latest guide from PKP’s Documentation Interest Group (DIG) and learn how to ensure your articles are discoverable online.

Google Scholar provides great exposure for journals everywhere. You don’t need to register your journals to be included, but you do need to follow a few important steps, especially when it comes to formatting metadata and ensuring proper site configuration. 

Over the years, PKP has encountered a wide array of questions from OJS users about how to ensure their content is properly indexed in Google Scholar. Realizing greater support was needed, DIG members worked with Google Scholar to write a new Google Scholar Guide for OJS journals. 

The guide was written by and for the PKP community with contributions from Emily Zheng (University of Alberta), Kate Shuttleworth (Simon Fraser University), Monica Westin (Google Scholar), Patricia Manghais (PKP), and Roger Gillis (Dalhousie University). It provides a mix of guidance intended for two key audiences: journal managers and site administrators. Along with Getting Found, Staying Found and the DOAJ Application Guide for OJS Journals, the Google Scholar Guide is part of a new “Discovery and Sustainability” section on the PKP Docs Hub. Documentation is currently available in English with a Brazillian Portuguese translation coming soon.

OJS interacts very well with Google Scholar. In fact, Google Scholar recommends OJS as a publishing system for journals seeking to get their articles discovered online. Inconsistent metadata (e.g., incorrect dates and names), HTTPS certificate errors, and the use of custom URLs, however, can interfere with indexing. If you can’t find your OJS journal in Google Scholar, start with our guide to begin troubleshooting. 

Did you know? The PKP Docs Hub welcomes translations for all of our guides, docs, and tips. If you or your organization are interested in translating this (or any guide) into another language, please contact the DIG using our documentation feedback form.

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