Every academic list I am on, and quite a few blogs, have been giddy all day over Google’s new scholarly-only site: http://scholar.google.com. I’m not the only one to notice that blogs seem strangely absent, but occasional and working papers, self-hosted, seem to appear. Actually, that’s not entirely true. For example, one of my blog postings showed up because it was referenced in a conference article.
I’m talking about this paper: “An Outsider’s View on ‘Topic-oriented’ Blogging” (pdf), which, not surprisingly perhaps, is relevant to my own work. I think one of the real impacts of the new world of scholarly communication is that forward-linking (you know, trackbacks) are going to be as common as backward linking. That way, you can crawl forward through a literature rather than just backward (though for various reasons it may still make more sense to go backward).
But the more interesting question has to be: Does this special concentrated version of googlejuice become pretty valuable to academics? Is this yet another system that is just asking to be gamed? I showed my chair the site, and a few hours later he was walking around the department with a ranking of our faculty by number of hits. Luckily, this didn’t leave me on the bottom. While I am “underpublished,” this particular impact factor actually measures things like conference papers and notes of thanks from authors and editors.
Now I just have to ask myself if including this in my tenure package a few years down the road is going to mark me as too weird for tenure, or is going to be required.