Re: Google's Scholarly Search Service and Institutional OA Self-Archiving

From: Arthur Sale <>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 10:45:12 +0000

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We are seeing increased access rates to our Eprints repository through
Scholar Google, but even more interestingly, we are seeing visitors arrive
directly at the pdf full-text file, rather than at the metadata page as an
OAI-PMH harvesting search engine would be likely to do. There are advantages
and disadvantages to each approach of course; the metadata page is the one
with the persistent URL, and it has the upload date and a link to
statistics. This link takes you to a typical page showing several visitors
who bypassed the metadata page;id=43;year=0;month=0;range=4w.

My analysis suggests that Scholar Google is finding the pdf files through
the Eprints browse pages, which eventually list every metadata html page.
>From thence it finds the pdf files and indexes them as well. Serendipitous
design by Eprints!


Arthur Sale
University of Tasmania
Received on Wed Dec 15 2004 - 10:45:12 GMT

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