The scientometrics and reciprocality underlying co-authorship panels in Google Scholar profiles

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Online academic profiles are used by scholars to reflect a desired image to their online audience. In Google Scholar, scholars can select a subset of co-authors for presentation in a central location on their profile using a social feature called the “co-authroship panel”. In this work, we examine whether scientometrics and reciprocality can explain the observed selections. To this end, we scrape and thoroughly analyze a novel set of 120,000 Google Scholar profiles, ranging across four dieffectsciplines and various academic institutions. Our results seem to suggest that scholars tend to favor co-authors with higher scientometrics over others for inclusion in their co-authorship panels. Interestingly, as one’s own scientometrics are higher, the tendency to include co-authors with high scientometrics is diminishing. Furthermore, we find that reciprocality is central in explaining scholars’ selections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3303-3313
Number of pages11
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2024


  • Google Scholar
  • Information science
  • Online profiles
  • Scientometrics
  • Self-presentation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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