For some reason I don't understand, Google Scholar thinks two of my papers are the same, despite different titles, co-authors, and publication years. When I click on one ("Resonant absorption as mode conversion?") it lists 27 versions, most of which are the completely different paper ("Three Dimensional MHD Wave Propagation and Conversion to Alfvén Waves near the Solar Surface. I"). It therefore combines the citations for the two. How can I split them? I even tried deleting both papers and adding them manually from scratch, but without success.

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    Why don't you contact google scholar directly?
    – Memming
    Feb 13, 2015 at 2:43
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    @Memming: Because no identifiable human beings work at Google? Could that be why?
    – Bob Brown
    Feb 13, 2015 at 3:18
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    I reported a similar issue multiple times without success. I also deleted both my papers and added them as new. The day after scholar merge them again and again. I have the correct pdf on researchgate and academia. But scholar keeps merging them
    – user57791
    Jul 9, 2016 at 14:45
  • Has anyone tried to delete articles from Google Scholar and add them again - as suggested above ? - What about the titles - in my friend's case these are identical but all the other details are different. Moreover, the 2017 paper is a review in a monograph/book and the 2014 paper is a standard journal paper. Unfortunately, both have been published - someone has asked about it. The review paper (2017) has no citations yet, but the research/journal paper (2014) has already got 5 citations. On the Google Scholar list the papers are listed one after the other with the same number of citations but
    – Kris Cena
    Mar 17, 2018 at 10:16
  • This does not really answer the question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. You can also add a bounty to draw more attention to this question once you have enough reputation. - From Review
    – Wrzlprmft
    Mar 17, 2018 at 13:58

3 Answers 3


By now, there is an option when editing the merged GoogleScholar article's version as shown in the example below. Ensure you are logged in as the article's author.

  1. Open the "edit your article" e.g., via clicking on the asterisk right to the number of citations in the list of your articles. Alternatively, open your article's page on GoogleScholar, where you press the edit button.

Merged citations are marked with an asterisk

  1. The option is called "Unmerge this article and add it to my profile as a separate entry."

Edit article and choose to unmerge this article

Usually, there is a star on the right hand side of a merged article. If there is not, just add a new entry.

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    At least when I tried unmerging, I could not correctly separate the "versions" that were a different paper, nor do I think this effected anything but a temporary change, and possibly that only in my personal profile. Have you had better luck with unmerging?
    – Kimball
    Mar 17, 2018 at 2:47
  • @Kimball: With this I have no experience but if others did, please tell...
    – strpeter
    Mar 20, 2018 at 19:22
  • @Kimball did you manage to fix this? I'm facing the same problem
    – Khaledvic
    Sep 26, 2019 at 13:48
  • @Khaledvic unfortunately, no
    – Kimball
    Sep 26, 2019 at 17:31
  • I don't see thin unmerging option in my case, unfortunately. Aug 2, 2022 at 11:46

You can report the error at the following link:


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    FYI I reported a similar issue some time ago, which was never addressed. But perhaps if enough people start reporting these, then they'll start fixing them...
    – Kimball
    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:24
  • There should be one thread entitled "Google Scholar", this should be the only answer, and every new question about the website can be closed as a duplicate. One can dream.
    – user9646
    Mar 17, 2018 at 16:28
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    This link no longer works. Jul 31, 2022 at 13:11

"unmerge" in GoogleScholar is not possible. SOLUTION: delete the [merged articles] noted with *, then add them separately ;-) it worked for me.. Good luck!!

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    You are aware that the question is three years old and states: I even tried deleting both papers and adding them manually from scratch, but without success.
    – skymningen
    May 16, 2017 at 12:16
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    @skymnigen The former is not an issue; in fact, this website encourages users to address old questions with improved answers. The latter is the dealbreaker here, indeed. May 16, 2017 at 14:59

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