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So basically, I have this paper my team and I wrote for a data challenge. It's published, and available as a project on Open Science Framework (OSF). However, it doesn't show up on Google Scholar, and after doing some research, I saw that preprints submitted to OSF directly will get indexed by Google Scholar. Note: I cannot add the paper manually to Google Scholar as I have no prior published papers.

Is it acceptable to submit the paper as a preprint to OSF, even though it's already on OSF as a part of an overarching project (with a DOI and everything)? Let me know if any extra information is needed.

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  • When was the paper published? It can take some time to show up on Google scholar (say 2-4 weeks sometimes)
    – user126108
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 20:40
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    Earlier this month Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 21:12
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    @VivaanSinghvi I see! In that case I definitely recommend just waiting.
    – user126108
    Commented Oct 28, 2023 at 21:16

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I have never uploaded anything to OSF myself, but since the "Upload a preprint" instructions mentions a way to upload the preprint PDF file from an existing project, I would assume the OSF finds the practice acceptable, at least under some conditions (which they don't seem to spell out). I would guess it's acceptable for a preprint that's a component of an overarching project, but it's probably worth double-checking with someone more familiar with OSF, or their support.

Even after reading the FAQ I am unclear on whether Google Scholar tends to index projects or not. If I were in your shoes, I would take @leonos' advice of waiting a few weeks to give them a chance to do it. If I have found the right repository, it was apparently only made public five days ago, and Google Scholar often takes longer than that to index preprints and articles.

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