Claiming, Curating, and Increasing Your Citations: A guide for authors from Online Learning (OLJ)


Google Scholar

Quick Facts:

  • Over 60% of authors published in Online Learning from 2014-2016 have not claimed their citations in Google Scholar

  • 75% of the authors with more than 30 citations of their Online Learning paper(s) between 2014-2016 have claimed their citations. You can benefit by having a Google Scholar profile!

Quick Facts:

  • claims over 30 million registered users and 8.5 million hosted papers.

  • A 2016 study published in PLOS One found that papers uploaded to averaged 35% more citations after five years even against other open access  platforms. You can benefit by having an profile!

Getting Started:

  • To create a researcher profile, go to and select “My Citations” from the menu at the top of the screen.

  • Fill out your profile information (you will need to provide an institutional email to verify) then select “Next Step.”

  • Select your publications to add them to your researcher profile. You may need to run additional searches to find all your work; variations to your name, title, or institutional affiliation can trip up Google’s algorithm.

Getting Started:

  • You can create a profile on through your Google account, Facebook, or email.

  • Uploaded papers can be tagged by subject. You can follow a subject tag or author to be alerted when a new paper is uploaded.

  • also offers a handy suite of tools that let you see when and where your papers are viewed or downloaded, in addition to citation tracking.

Important Note: Digital Originals

  • Google can return multiple results for the same paper hosted on different databases and websites. To improve findability and citation accuracy, try to make sure the paper you claim is the “original” version linked to the paper’s  OLJ doi number. In the instance of a paper published in Online Learning, this would be the version hosted at

Important Note: Open Access, Creative Commons, and Copyright

  • Online Learning (OLJ) is open access and does not restrict authors from uploading or distributing published work on other platforms. However, journals publishing under creative commons or copyright licenses may have different rules. Make sure your author contract for other publications allows you to self-publish before uploading a paper to or other open access platform.

The Online Learning Journal (OLJ) is committed to open access publishing on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. As part of that mission, we are continuously trying to raise the scholarly profile of OLJ and of the authors we publish. These guidelines are meant to help our authors start claiming and curating their researcher profiles on two of the largest open-source online academic platforms: Google Scholar and Claiming and curating your work will benefit you, the journal,and the field.