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Google's Scholarly Search Service and Institutional OA Self-Archiving

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Dec 15 05:45:45 EST 2004

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Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 15:59:52 +1100
From: Arthur Sale <ahjs at ozemail.com.au>
Subject: Re: Google's Scholarly Search Service and Institutional OA

    Prior Amsci Topic Threads:

    "Self-Archiving Incentives: Download Impact Counts"

We are seeing increased access rates to our Eprints repository through
Scholar Google, but even more interestingly, we are seeing visitors arrive
directly at the pdf full-text file, rather than at the metadata page as an
OAI-PMH harvesting search engine would be likely to do. There are advantages
and disadvantages to each approach of course; the metadata page is the one
with the persistent URL, and it has the upload date and a link to
statistics. This link takes you to a typical page showing  several visitors
who bypassed the metadata page

My analysis suggests that Scholar Google is finding the pdf files through
the Eprints browse pages, which eventually list every metadata html page.
>From thence it finds the pdf files and indexes them as well. Serendipitous
design by Eprints!


Arthur Sale
University of Tasmania

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