bhartzer - 4:08 pm on Feb 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
Just recently, an interesting university paperhas surfaced that shows how some university students manipulated Google Scholar Citations and Google Scholar metrics. And they claim that it was "easy, simple, and tempting".
The paper is by Emilio Delgado López-Cózar, Nicolás Robinson-García, and Daniel Torres-Salinas, from Universidad de Granada and Universidad de Navarra.
Certainly is an interesting read...
In order to alert the research community over how easily one can manipulate the data and bibliometric indicators offered by Google’s products we present an experiment in which we manipulate the Google Citations’ profiles of a research group through the creation of false documents that cite their documents, and consequently, the journals in which they have published modifying their H-index. For this purpose we created six documents authored by a faked author and we uploaded them to a researcher’s personal website under the University of Granada’s domain.
Here's a link to the paper, it's a PDF: