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 '15 at 2:43
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    @Memming: Because no identifiable human beings work at Google? Could that be why?
    – Bob Brown
    Feb 13 '15 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 '16 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 '18 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 '18 at 13:58

By now there is an option when editing the merged GoogleScholar article's version as shown in the example below. 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

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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 '18 at 2:47
  • @Kimball: With this I have no experience but if others did, please tell...
    – strpeter
    Mar 20 '18 at 19:22
  • @Kimball did you manage to fix this? I'm facing the same problem
    – Khaledvic
    Sep 26 '19 at 13:48
  • @Khaledvic unfortunately, no
    – Kimball
    Sep 26 '19 at 17:31

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 '15 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 '18 at 16:28

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

  • 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 '17 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 '17 at 14:59

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