Is it possible to use Google Scholar to search for publications that cite StackExchange users, questions, or answers?

cf. my Meta StackExchange question "Publications that cite Stack Exchange" or "Academic papers using Stack Exchange data"


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According to this answer to "Publications that cite Stack Exchange":

Legally, anyone citing a Stack Exchange post must credit the author's user profile (among other things), which looks something like this:


A Google Scholar search for "stackexchange.com/users/" yields many results.

  • Surely scholar.google.com/scholar?q=stackexchange.com is the URL that is necessary in this case?
    – user2768
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 17:09
  • @user2768 Yes, that'll include more results. I'm only looking for articles that cite specific StackExchange users, not all articles that mention StakcExchange
    – Geremia
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 17:28
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    @Geremia That's what the Stack Exchange TOS say, but in my view that provision is itself illegal. Stack Exchange is not the copyright holder for that post; it is a licensee under a CC license, and does not have the right to add additional restrictions. Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 17:48
  • @Geremia You might like to clarify your question, because it makes no mention of such restrictions.
    – user2768
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 17:50
  • There is clearly no legal requirement for anyone citing Stack Exchange to formulate their citation in such a way that gives credit to the author's user profile.
    – user2768
    Commented Feb 6, 2018 at 17:51

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