I have seen similar posts to this one, but none of which answer my specific questions. The google scholar help documentation states:

Documents larger than 5MB, such as books and long dissertations, should be uploaded to Google Book Search; Google Scholar automatically includes scholarly works from Google Book Search.

What is implied by "uploading to Google Book Search"?

I see no way to upload to the search.

How does google scholar determine if one's book is scholarly?

Criteria for articles include abstracting and bibliographies. Since books do not usually contain abstracts, is the entire criteria for scholarly containing a bibliography? If not, what is it?

(See https://scholar.google.com/scholar/inclusion.html#content)

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    It's interesting, when I googled your excerpt from Google Scholar Help it returned this page: scholar.google.com/scholar/inclusion.html, but the page does not actually mention this part. It looks as if it was updated recently, maybe even as if somebody removed this part after you posted your question here. – Erwan Nov 29 '18 at 23:18
  • Hello, that link does not include it. It is included on a separate tab: scholar.google.com/scholar/inclusion.html#content – R. Rao Dec 6 '18 at 16:04
  • Based on the first line of this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Books (Google Books was previously called Google Book Search), I presume that documentation is outdated. – Kimball Dec 6 '18 at 18:51
  • Last I checked Google Book search lacks any criterion for deciding whether a book is fiction, or at least they don't allow ordinary users access to it. You can't restrict a search to works of fiction, nor to non-fiction. – Michael Hardy Dec 9 '18 at 19:02

As far as I know, Google Scholar collect documents automatically from multiple academic repositories and there is no way to manually add any content.

This (apparently updated) Google Scholar help page mentions that you can simply make your pdf available on your university web space and it will be taken care of automatically. Example:


In case you don't know how to do that you can ask your IT department.

If this is not convenient, you could enter your publication in your university publication repository. I would assume that any other repository (e.g. arXiv) would also do the trick.

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  • For regular articles, I agree. My misgiving about this is that the Google Scholar Help page supplies specific instructions for "books" (larger than 5MB), implying in the process that the normal methodology will not work (see the link above). – R. Rao Dec 6 '18 at 16:10

I think the point is that one does not directly arrange that one's own documents are indexed in Google Scholar and such. Indeed, if that were possible, it would seriously degrade the usefulness of Google Scholar, since there'd be no quality control. So one must hope that someone else finds one's work of sufficient merit...

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  • I agree, which is what my second question was addressing. My first question does not refer to uploading to google scholar, but rather "google book search," which they specifically say you can do in the help documentation in the link provided above. – R. Rao Dec 6 '18 at 16:07

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