Example of Scholar Googling

Example of Googling

October 4, 2015

Take the number one paper in the first two days of October 2015, UFT170 in Spanish translation, and use keywords Poynting Theorem for Vacuum, without enclosing the words in inverted commas. The result is that the paper appears as number three of 129,000 results and also at number ten, (foot of front page of Google), one of my long reviews (or short monographs if you like) in the acclaimed “Modern Nonlinear Optics” appears (M. W. Evans and S. Kielich, Eds., “Modern Nonlinear Optics” (Wiley Interscience, New York, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001 in two editions and six volumes hardback, softback and e book). Now enclose the keywords in inverted commas, i.e “Poynting Theorem for Vacuum” and essentially the same results appear, now number 3 and 9 out of 129,000. This is what it is all about – and to a scholar all this is immensely pleasing.”

Search for “Poynting Theorem for Vacuum” using Google Scholar … and nothing at all comes up. That is indeed ‘what it is all about’: the fact that nobody who matters takes the slightest interest in your rubbish ‘work’.


2 Responses to “Example of Scholar Googling”

  1. Dirac Equation Says:

    Never mind Google Scholar; if you follow Ron’s instructions from any normal computer (ie one that hasn’t visited his website 100 times in the last week) there is no sign of his work in the first TEN pages of results. Evidently the concepts of cookies and search personalisation (or the notion that Google might take your browsing history into account in looking for relevant results) haven’t reached AIAS yet.

    • crackpotwatch Says:

      That was our first assumption: that it was due entirely to Google’s preemptive search option. But then we got exactly the same result as he did. However, that was obviously due to our making the same searches that he does. So we settled on Google Scholar. We prefer Scopus, but it is behind a pay-wall; making it hard for others to check our assertions.

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