Google scholar launched a new service today, which is called “Google Scholar Citations” (see this post on the google scholar blog). Similar to ResearcherID, the commercial counterpart from Thomson Reuters (OK, google is also commercial, but you don’t have to pay), it allows authors to claim authorship of google scholar listed papers, and displays them on a central author page which looks like the one of Albert Einstein above (or check out mine if you want). Setting up the initial page was really ridiculously easy (well done google!), and they claim that new papers will be added automatically according to a statistical algorithm that attributes papers to authors based on previous decisions. One can also remove, correct or merge citations, see collaborators and citation metrics, and one can now search in google scholar for authors according to name or other attributes (e.g. all people with a label “ecology”).