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Re: Why can't Google Scholar be like Open J-Gate / OAIster

Thank you friends for responding to my post on “Why can't Google Scholar be like Open J-Gate / OAIster “ to various Groups as well as on my blog. Some of the issues highlighted by you are presented towards the end of this message.

My posted was purely from an end user’s point of view. Who is not interested what all Google Scholar can offer and whether it helps in citation analysis [1]. The requirement was plain and simple “Result set should be restricted to Free / Open Full Text Scholarly Literature”. The purpose is to save unproductive “clicks” to paid / locked literature. Dr. S N Sarbadhikari [4] is quite near when he suggests adding “open access full text” words to the query as such. However, it will remove many useful hits where these words are not part of the text. Having an option to restrict to free / open literature in the advanced search interface would had been handy. I have written to Anurag Acharya of Google Scholar to provide such an option. It up to him -- to ignore the suggestion or profit from it.

I am myself a fan of Google Scholar. Who knows ? - in future it could even beat Web of Science. The way it is negotiating with Journal Publishers for their content [2] as well as entering into agreements with libraries to provide full texts [3] -- the future could be near. Integration with OpenURL resolvers is also an interesting trend to watch [5].


[1] Sh. Jitendra N. Dash

"I found the following write-up by Mr. Singh is interesting but he avoided the strong point of Google Scholar(GS), free citation retrieval search engine."

[2] JK Vijayakumar
/>"Google Scholar is negotiating with Journal Publishers for getting into their server, and harvest their ToC, Abstract and reference parts of each article. When GS comes out with its full version, any one can search for Scholarly literature, from the vast array of Free and Paid journals, at the same time and at single place. The beauty of its Citation search adds GS's expected acceptance among Academia."

[3] He further refers a News Item:

"The internet's search engine and the world's greatest research library are joining forces to offer researchers, students and academics desktop delivery of millions of full text scholarly research articles.

From today, searches on Google Scholar ( will include links to the British Library's document delivery service. Search results will be matched against the Library's holdings and where a match is made, users will have the option to obtain articles held via the British Library's online document ordering interface, British Library Direct ( "

[4] Dr. S N Sarbadhikari
" I tried to test Scholar Google with the search phrase: - benchmarking organizations open access full text - and could get access to many free full text articles from the very first result page. "

[5] Saiful Amin

Highlights out how Google Scholar can be integrated with OpenURL resolvers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OAIster, BASE and other similar search engines worked based on the structured metadata extracted from Institutional Repositories using OAI-PMH protocol. I prefer to use OAIster or BASE search engines as my first step to find scholarly information instead of Google Scholar.

Retrieved results from Google Scholar contains both free and pay for use resources where OAIster or BASE retrieves only fulltext free resources.