I presented a paper at a conference but the conference never got around to publishing their proceedings. They kept saying it was going to happen "soon" but after six months, I have lost hope.

Is there any way to submit such a paper to Google Scholar? It's not hosted anywhere and Google is an indexing service, not a paper repository. That makes me think the answer is no. However, I know the minds here will have the answer.

The paper is in education so Arvix is not really a solution here.

3 Answers 3


This is not to your question, but:

You are too impatient. In the publishing industry, 6 months is not an incredibly slow turn-around time.

  • For a journal I can understand, but for conference proceedings?
    – earthling
    Oct 2, 2018 at 14:49
  • Same thing. They only difference between journals and proceedings is how papers are collected, and that at least sometimes proceedings are one-off things. But the time line is not all that different. Oct 2, 2018 at 22:07
  • @WolfgangBangerth Is it possible that the conference will never make their proceedings available on IEEE Xplore and similar platforms?
    – a_sid
    Jul 22, 2020 at 22:16
  • @a_sid -- nobody other than the editors can know. Email them and ask! Jul 23, 2020 at 0:03
  • @WolfgangBangerth I have emailed them several times but they have not responded to my emails. I just wanted to know whether or not it is a possibility.
    – a_sid
    Jul 23, 2020 at 3:07

See this link for some information:

Individual Authors If you're an individual author, it works best to simple upload your paper to your website, e.g., www.example.edu/~professor/jpdr2009.pdf; and add a link to it on your publications page, such as www.example.edu/~professor/publications.html. Make sure that:

a the full text of your paper is in a PDF file that ends with ".pdf",

b the title of the paper appears in a large font on top of the first page,

c the authors of the paper are listed right below the title on a separate line, and

d there's a bibliography section titled, e.g., "References" or "Bibliography" at the end.

That's it! Our search robots should normally find your paper and include it in Google Scholar within several weeks.

If you’re not at a university, I reckon some place like academia.edu or researchgate.net might also be indexed.


Copyright permitting, you could always post it to a preprint server that accepts publications from all disciplines. I quite like OSF Preprints: https://osf.io/preprints/

Google Scholar will then most likely index it soon after.

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