I use the google scholar alert system which sends me new studies made on a specific saved search. I'm looking for a way to exclude research conducted in some countries (or to only include some countries).
Try combining the
- operator with the
site: operator with the domain suffix for the country or countries in question. So e.g.
basketweaving -site:.fr -site:.uk
searches for basketweaving, but not in France or the UK. If
site: works in Google Scholar, this should be more effective than trying the (English!) name of the country.
I do not suspect there is direct support for this in Google Scholar. (One must wonder if this is really a good filter to apply to one's literature search.) However, I have surprisingly good success testing the idea of prefixing
-country to a search query to exclude results with the keyword
As an example, if I try
author:[me] -denmark only two of the papers I wrote while affiliated to my former Danish institution appear, and in both cases I had never indicated on the paper the country of my institution.
This may work reasonably well, because most authors indicate on the first page of the paper the address (including the country) of their affiliated institution. However, you will also get a lot of false positives (as in the two cases I mentioned above), and a lot of false negatives (as you exclude papers that use
country as an example in the text or that were published at a conference that was held in
country or where only one of many authors was from an institution in
But often when a tool does not support a specific functionality that one wants, it is worth wondering whether it really should or if maybe the search filter that you want to apply is only very loosely correlated with what you want to exclude.
Edit: This is precisely the technique that @user3209815 simultaneously suggests in her/his comment.