Google has introduced new features in Google Scholar. This new feature will be responsible for the ranking of scholary papers and information. This sounds pretty interesting. The main purpose to introduce this feature is to provide convenient methods for the researchers, so that they keep themselves updated with the recent research.
From official Google Blog:
Today we're launching a feature of Google Scholar which will make it easier for researchers to keep up with recent research. From quantum computing to copper binding in prion protein. It's not just a plain sort by date, but rather we try to rank recent papers the way researchers do, by looking at the prominence of the author's and journal's previous papers, how many citations it already has, when it was written, and so on.
A lot more information about the ranking system is given on the Google Scholar About page:
Google Scholar aims to sort articles the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each article, the author, the publication in which the article appears, and how often the piece has been cited in other scholarly literature. The most relevant results will always appear on the first page.
This particular feature would be of great help for the researchers as it comes with varied features. Those of you in the research field need not worry, as Google Scholar does the work for you. It will help you to find complete papaers through your library or on the web. That is simply amazing…isn't it?
The Ranking Criteria (Scholar » Web) is explained as under:
Prominence of Author » Prominence of Page
Prominence of Journal » Authority of Site
Previous Papers » Historical Data of Domain
Citations » Links
Date Authored » Date Page is Indexed
First Publication Appears » First Site with Unique Content
Text of Article » Page Content
Rate of Citation » Growth of Links
Citation in Scholarly Literature » Trusted Links