Google scholar switches my first and last name although the journals publish my name correctly. And now due to people downloading citations from Google Scholar, other journals are also citing my first name as last name. How do I fix this? It is very frustrating.

  • Is your name in Western order, that is [given name] [family name]? Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 18:46
  • I'm confused and I try to do the right thing. My interpretation of your name given how you sign in here is that Yi is your family name and Soojin is your given name (since it has more than one syllable). If that is wrong then others are confused as well. I don't use Google Scholar, but suspect that for indexing purposes they need to use your family name and got it wrong. They probably have an algorithm that says "(Asia or Hungary) therefore swap names", though a bit more sophisticated but still incorrect.
    – Buffy
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 19:00
  • @Buffy that would be really weird, I would expect Google Scholar and the like to simply use the name in whatever form it appears in the original publication.
    – GoodDeeds
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 20:00
  • @GoodDeeds, except for the indexing problem. The don't want to index by personal name. If someone "westernizes" their name and someone else doesn't realize they have, it can get confusing. A problem with bots in general since they just assume stuff.
    – Buffy
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 20:13
  • @Buffy But the alternative of "swapping" names you suggest seems a lot worse due to the possibility of false positives, using what the author gives at least gives them full control on how they want their name to be indexed. At least in the submission systems I have used, I've only ever been asked for first name, last name, and perhaps a middle initial, there never was any mention of given or family names.
    – GoodDeeds
    Commented Oct 27, 2021 at 20:19

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If you create a Google Scholar profile with your correct name, you can claim authorship of articles. Google Scholar results will then list your name correctly when the article is returned in searches. If you still have a problem after you have a profile and have claimed your articles, you can ask Google Scholar support for help.

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