My Google Scholar account is scheduled to be made private on 25th July as it is flagged as a duplicate of a close colleague's. We have worked at the same department, we share the first and middle name, and we share a number of papers, but we have separate spatial locations, passports, brains, hands, etc. I promise. Like many scientists, Google has us confused.

Edit to add: Google seemed to sort itself out and maintain both our profiles. It seemed like a bug in the display, but the system had managed to separate our identities.

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    Is having a Google scholar profile and touting your own h-index the norm in your field? In pure math, the former is common but not expected, but the latter would not be well received, I think.
    – Kimball
    Jul 16, 2021 at 12:41
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    Yes it's pretty normal in our field (unfortunately or otherwise). I am advised to mention it on proposals. But of course, it will look a bit silly if the webpage is gone after a proposal is submitted. I am curious though, how difficult is it to get funding in pure maths?
    – Helen
    Jul 16, 2021 at 16:08
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    Not seeing a change in "an hour" would seem normal. A human might need to be involved in a fix.
    – Buffy
    Jul 16, 2021 at 17:41
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    @Helen Large grants are quite competitive, but we don't rely much on citation metrics to determine the merit of someone's work.
    – Kimball
    Jul 16, 2021 at 17:50
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    @Helen Suggestion separate from answering the question: You might consider to establish a profile on ORCID or a similar where you may identify your work, and curate your list e.g., via the publication's doi without delay until a body like Google correctly identifies yours. There is nothing wrong to use multiple ones, too (example John Kitchin). Databases like Scopus / Web of Science may facilitate this task, some services cross-link each other, too.
    – Buttonwood
    Jul 16, 2021 at 23:35

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I don't know if they will reply to you, but you should try contacting Google scholar. Here is their email: scholar-support@google.com (found on this page, under the court opinion question).

Some other ideas are:

  • make an academic webpage with all the relevant info, so people can check that
  • try recreating your profile after it gets deleted
  • in addition to mentioning your Google scholar profile on your application, you could mention another one (e.g., Web of Science, Semantic Scholar, Microsoft Academic) which will hopefully not disappear

That said, I don't know how it would be viewed in your field, but if your profile gets deleted/merged with another person's, and someone looks for you on Google scholar, hopefully they will at least be able to find your papers, which should be sufficient evidence if they're just trying to verify citation metrics you state.

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