The title pretty much says it all - what's the typical delay with which Google Scholar indexes newly published articles? (Note I'm not talking about citations, but about the article showing up at all.)

Edit: the article in question went for over six months after being published (in a well-regarded Springer journal with its own Wikipedia page) without appearing on Google Scholar, until it received a citation, at which point it was added to Google Scholar almost immediately. One more motivation to write papers that get cited. :)

Edit 2: Another article in an even more mainstream journal took a little over seven weeks.

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    Usually a week for me, but it seems to strongly depend on the journal.
    – AJK
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 23:07
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    zero, you can add it yourself Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 1:12
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    @FábioDias How?
    – tparker
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 1:27
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    – The Guy
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 2:23
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    @tparker indeed, I read a "my" that wasn't there, my bad :) Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 3:16

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My article showed up in a few days. Since google is crawling, I believe (although I am not certain), that updating other sources such as policy, government, medical repositories and other resource hubs that allow you to update fields, add links etc, without needing to upload the article, increases the external links with the article page. This might not be necessary to expedite the process, but if the article is not showing up within the normal period of time (which could be a week), I believe this would be a good step to take. This advice also applies for anything else such as websites and blogs. Actually my repository link showed up in google before the actual journal page did!


My article was published online in Elsevier journal and it took less than 7 working day to appear in Google Scholar. "Appear" here indicates that I can search the title of my paper in Google Scholar and the website points out my paper seamlessly.

FYI, I received the notification of the paper in my Google Scholar profile in around the same time.

I think, there might be discrepancy between publisher regarding time to appear in Google Scholar.


I have had very varying times.

My most recent one was already there by the time I noticed my online version was up. However, my first one had many issues with Google Scholar, when it was first online they once combined the citations of my paper with someone elses. They then disconnected it and I could not find it again for a few more months. I think it took about 4-6 months overall for this one to appear and work.

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    that makes me really sad as my first paper was published on 19th of October, almost 2 weeks passed, and it can't be found in google scholar. Although it is indexed properly in research gate
    – GGEv
    Commented Oct 31, 2019 at 15:01

I have an article that's been on ResearchGate- which google scholar found right away- but it lists + links DOI to the "online first" version of the journal (which is published by Wiley) and this official version still has not shown up in google scholar 7 months later. (it is also not present in Web of Knowledge - so maybe this is systematic). Further, my missing article cites another one of my articles that is in google scholar, and that citation does not appear in google scholar. So I'm still waiting on this and will update this answer when / if the official version finally shows up.

  • Did it eventually sort itself out?
    – Anyon
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 15:11
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    it did! sorry I didn't circle back. I guess it took less than 4 years Commented Aug 13, 2022 at 5:47

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