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I have recently made an online repository of papers for an academic organisation. But we are not being picked up by Google Scholar. I think it might be because the fulltext urls are not in a format required by Google.

From Google's Guidelines:

The "<meta>" tags normally apply only to the exact page on which they're provided. If this page shows only the abstract of the paper and you have the full text in a separate file, e.g., in the PDF format, please specify the locations of all full text versions using citation_pdf_url or DC.identifier tags. The content of the tag is the absolute URL of the PDF file; for security reasons, it must refer to a file in the same subdirectory as the HTML abstract.

The webiste is hosted on Microsoft Azure. The details of the papers with embedded metadata are of the form

http://iglc.net/Papers/Details/995

The full text version of the papers are served directly from Azure Storage, like this

https://iglcstorage.blob.core.windows.net/papers/attachment-1e0030fd-bc9e-4915-9a12-62088c387e8e.pdf

I am assuming this is not considered the same subdirectory. I sent a support ticket to Google Scholar two months ago and asked them to clarify, but I have so far gotten no response.

Anyhow, my questions are:

  1. Am I correct in assuming that the fulltext must be placed in the same subdirectory?
  2. What is considered the same subdirectory? Would serving up a fulltext from /Papers/Details/990/Fulltext be ok?
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Your subdirectory for /Papers/Details/995 is /Papers/Details/. So your suggestion of /Papers/Details/990/Fulltext should be fine. So would /Papers/Details/995.pdf

Google almost never answers support tickets. In this case, I think their documentation is pretty clear, and you need to move your pdf file to be included in Google Scholar.

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