I have recently finished my thesis, and it has been uploaded to my university's e-thesis server roughly 4 weeks ago.

The thesis can be found via google, after I manually submitted the link to google. Unfortunatly, the thesis is not found via google scholar. Many of my colleage's thesis (with very similar, standard format), which are at the same e-thesis server, are found via google scholar (and the google scholar link then points to that e-thesis server).

Is there any way I can make google scholar index my thesis?

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    Just wait a while. Google scholar is not as frequently updated as google's search index, but since it is aware of the e-thesis server, it'll surely appear at some point.
    – nengel
    Commented Jan 6, 2018 at 12:25

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There is no guarantee: all the Google-Scholar's algorithms are pretty much machine-learning and heuristics.

Still, if your thesis' format is similar to what the other colleagues submitted, the chances are high it would be treated similarly. Just wait a bit, as @nengel said.

If your thesis itself were very similar, it would be plagiarism: in this case, Google scholar would be right on not indexing your work (regardless of the algorithmic process that led to non-indexing).

  • The OP says the format of the thesis is the same, not the content. That's not plagiarism. Commented Jan 6, 2018 at 15:18
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    I don't think it's very nice to imply that someone has plagiarised their thesis, that's all. Commented Jan 6, 2018 at 17:08
  • Google scholar is indexing the same document from different sources. Why do you think they got a mechanism to test for plagiarism and exclude such documents?
    – user64845
    Commented Jan 6, 2018 at 17:31
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    @DSVA I never definitely implied that GS does have this mechanism. But sometimes I think it might have some. I know that some people plagiarized my work, but I don't see their results in GS.
    – user85520
    Commented Jan 6, 2018 at 17:36
  • @astronat I adapted the answer grammatically to make it "nicer".
    – user85520
    Commented Jan 6, 2018 at 17:39

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