Google Scholar profile issue

We have been made aware of an issue with some RMIT staff Google Scholar profiles being set to 'private'.

Updated 9 December.

The Google Scholar platform is a free service provided by Google, which is used by many RMIT staff. 

While the platform is not formally managed or supported by the University, we have been made aware of an issue with some RMIT staff Google Scholar profiles. 

A number of staff with previously ‘public’ Google Scholar profiles have had their profiles automatically set to ‘private’ and are unable to revert this change. 

While this issue may not affect all Google Scholar profiles, this issue appears to have occurred as an inadvertent consequence of other changes being made by Google to the Scholar platform.  

Given the significant impact to our staff and the University by this issue, the ITS, Library and Research and Innovation teams have been working together with Google to resolve the issue as a matter of high priority. We are in the process of exploring and testing several potential technical solutions. 

What does this mean for me?

If you have a Google Scholar profile that has been affected by this issue, there is no personal action you can take to revert your Google Scholar profile setting back to public. 

At this stage we recommend not creating a second profile on Google Scholar as there may be potential issues with duplicate profiles. 

We will continue to work on solutions and provide an update as soon as there is new information to share.  

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