Some good news for open access repository advocates: It seems that the normal Google search engine has now started bringing the richness of Google Scholar results into the main Google search results. This extra information includes:
- The (first) author’s name
- Links to papers that have cited it
- Links to related articles
- Links to other versions
For me this is great news. When we go out selling repositories to academics, one of our arguments is “your paper will appear in Google Scholar, and other specialist search engines such as Intute Repository Search and OAIster“. However, if we are honest, how many people use these, and I’m including Google Scholar in this, as their first point of call? Not many I suspect.
So getting this extra information into Google is a big selling point as we now get the richness of Google Scholar into our default search service.
This example shows a paper written a couple of years ago by Jon Bell and myself about using OAI-PMH and METS to move items between repositories, and you can see the extra metadata from Google Scholar being shown.