A suprised researcher at my university told my colleague some days ago when searching her name in Google Scholar: I didn’t write that article! Her name is Berit Ardlin and her christian name initials BI. Look at this screenshot from Google Scholar.

When you click the link you get the article, but with other authors. Check the reference in Pubmed for example. So how come? Google Scholar indexes the fulltext of articles (some from the proprietary web, some from the open web) up to a certain limit of KB. The fulltext is often visible in the search results because your search keywords exists in the fulltext. In this case BI Ardlin and the other authors M Braem, B Van Meerbeek, JE Dahl etc just should exist in the fulltext. But checking the fulltext of the article doesn’t give any hits on Ardlin. So where do these author names come from? From other fulltext? Someone with a clue or is it just Anurag Acharya at Google Scholar who has got the answer?

At least the dots before the “false” author names and the dots after (in front of the journal name) indicate it’s from some other text.
This is just an example on how the search results visualization, due to full-text indexing ambitions, sometimes makes it very confusing in Google Scholar.

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