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 Why is my paper not found in Google and/or Google Scholar?


Why is my paper not found in Google and/or Google Scholar?

Google, and other search engines, regularly crawl the web to build their indexes. SSRN has no control over when Google will index a paper posted to our site. The timing depends on a number of factors, including the search engine's crawl frequency.

As long as your paper is displaying on your SSRN Author Page, Google will eventually crawl the page and index new and/or updated content.

NOTE: Corrections to already included papers can take 6-9 months to a year or longer.


How can I remove an SSRN Paper/Page from Google Search Results?

If you wish to remove a paper from Google's search results, it is necessary to first remove that paper from your SSRN Author Page. To do so, sign in to your SSRN My Papers page and change the submission status to Inactive (located under the Availability column). Once the submission is displaying in your Inactive Papers section of your My Papers page, it will fall off your SSRN Author Page and will subsequently fall off Google's search results over time. However, if you urgently need to remove content from Google search results, you can request the removal of the URL by using Google's Webmaster Tools.

 To request removal of the page:

  1. Go to the Google public URL removal tool at Remove outdated content from Google Search. You will need to log into your Google account or create an account if you do not already have one.
  2. Follow the directions to remove the url from Google Search Results

 NOTE: The URL is case-sensitive; use exactly the same characters and capitalization that the site uses.


If you need further assistance, submit a Ticket, and the Support Team will gladly assist.

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