How Accurate was Google Scholar Citations in Detecting my Publications?

05 Aug

I blogged earlier this week about Google’s Brilliance with their new Google Scholar Citations. I was interested to know whether they found all of my papers so have spent a couple of hours checking. The answer? No…they missed 11 of the papers. They are listed below.

1) R.C. Hynes, J.R. Morton, J.A. Hriljac, Y. LePage, K.F. Preston, A.J. Williams, F. Evans, M.C. Grossel and L.H. Sutcliffe,  Isolated Free Radical Pairs in Rb+TCNQ- 18-crown-6 Single Crystals, J.Chem. Soc.,Chem. Commun., 5, 439 (1990)
2) R. Hynes, K.F. Preston, J.J. Springs, J. Tse and A.J. Williams, EPR Studies of M(CO)5-  Radicals (M = Cr, Mo, W) Trapped in Single Crystals of PPh4+ HM(CO)5- , J. Chem. Soc. Faraday Trans., 87(19), 3121 (1991)
3) R. Hynes, K.F. Preston, J.J. Springs, and A.J. Williams, X-Ray Crystallographic, Single-Crystal EPR, and Theoretical Study of Metal-Centred Radicals of the Type {C5R5Cr(CO)2L}
4) R. Duchateau, A.J. Williams, S. Gambarotta and M.Y.Chiang, Carbon-Carbon Double-Bond Formation in the Intermolecular Acetonitrile Reductive Coupling Promoted by a Mononuclear Titanium (II) Compound. Preparation and Characterization of Two Titanium (IV) Imido Derivatives, Inorg. Chem. 30, 4863 (1991)
5) B. Antalek, A.J. Williams, E. Garcia and J. Texter, NMR Analysis of Interfacial Structure Transitions Accompanying Electron Transfer Threshold Transitions in Reverse Microemulsions, Langmuir, 10, 4459, (1994)
6) R.Lok, R. Leone and A.J. Williams, Facile Rearrangements of Alkynylamino Heterocycles with Noble Metal Cations, Journal of Organic Chemistry 61(10), 3289 (1996)
7) D.E. Brown, A.J. Williams and D. McLaughlin, WIMS – A Web-based Information Management System, Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 16, 370 (1997)
8 ) A.J. Williams, Combining Sample, Structural, and Spectral Information in an Information Management System, Sci. Comput. Auto. 15, 60 (1998)
9) M.E. Elyashberg, K.A. Blinov and A.J. Williams, Computer-aided Molecular Structure Elucidation on the Basis of 1D and 2D NMR Spectra, Applied Magnetic Resonance, (May 2000)
10) G. M. Rishton, K. LaBonte, A. J. Williams, K. Kassam and E. Kolovanov.  Computational approaches to the prediction of blood-brain barrier permeability: a comparative analysis of central nervous system drugs versus secretase inhibitors for Alzheimer’s disease Current Opinion in Drug Discovery & Development, 9, 303 (2006)
11) A. J. Williams, V. Tkachenko, C. Lipinski, A. Tropsha and S. Ekins, Free Online Resources Enabling Crowdsourced Drug Discovery, Drug Discovery World Winter 2009/10, 33-39

Fortunately it is easy to add them in…and that is in process. Simply do this:

* To add one article at a time, select the “Add” option from the Actions menu. Then, type in the title, the authors, etc., and click “Save”. Keep in mind that citations to the article you’ve just added may not appear in your profile for a few days.

* To add a group of related articles, select the “Import” option from the Actions menu. Search for your article using its title, keywords, or your name. Click “These are mine” next to the group you wish to add. If you have written articles under different names, with multiple groups of colleagues, or in different journals, you may need to select multiple groups. Your citation metrics will update right away to account for the group(s) you’ve just added.

* When you add a group of articles, we’ll also keep track of changes to this group as our search robots index the web. You can choose to have these changes automatically applied to your profile (recommended) or emailed to you for review. Select “Profile updates” under the Actions menu to configure the updates.”


What’s MORE brilliant though is Google Scholar Citations found papers, book chapters and posters that I didn’t have in my CV. They are now. I remain impressed.


About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database ( Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (, a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.
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