When you perform a search on Google Scholar, is there any detailed explanation of how Google orders the results?

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    Please explain what you mean by "Google uses to rank its papers". You mean those papers authored by Google? Or papers found by Google?
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    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 15:06
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    I've edited to capture the implied question, which I think is now both clear and interesting. Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 6:53

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I believe it uses this

"Google Scholar aims to rank documents the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each document, where it was published, who it was written by, as well as how often and how recently it has been cited in other scholarly literature." About google scholar

For more detailed answer,

"Google Scholar also strengthens the Matthew Effect: articles with many citations will be more likely to be displayed in a top position, get more readers and receive more citations, which then consolidate their lead over articles that are cited less often." Google Scholar‘s Ranking Algorithm: An Introductory Overview

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