New Open Access Feature in Google Scholar: “Public Access”

Google Scholar added a new feature to the Scholar profiles to help you track and manage public access mandates for your articles. The Public Access section is meant to be an overview to check, whether your open-access mandated papers are freely available or not.

  • Contains articles that are expected to be publicly available
  • Click “VIEW ALL” to check those articles mandates and see if they are available
  • If publicly available, PDF or HTML links appear
  • Authors have to manually update or correct the listed articles

Authors are encouraged to check their profiles and make corrections or updates to their list of articles.

The new feature has also been critiqued by some sources, citing that Google Drive should not be used to deposit your papers. To make your research publicly available, you can deposit your published articles in repositories such as the MPG’s PuRe, guaranteeing the long-term availability of these documents.

You can find a detailed Q&A concerning the Public Access feature here.

Importing References from Google Scholar

How to import references from Google Scholar to your reference management system?

You need to configure the Google Scholar settings (in the upper left-hand or right-hand corner). Under “Bibliography Manager” select the option “Show links to import citations into” and choose your desired format (e.g. BibTeX, EndNote) in the drop down box.

Then the “Import into BibTeX/EndNote” link will appear in Google Scholar and you will be able to send references directly to your reference management system.

Web of Science and Google Scholar Linkage

Now Google Scholar offers a direct linking to the Web of Science. As we are a subscriber to the Web of Science a second citation rate should appear in your Google Scholar results list. It will link you to the appropriate “Citing Articles Landing Page” in Web of Science.

Find more information about the partnership of Google and Thomson Reuters at