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Google Scholar, Mendeley and unreliable sources

Google Scholar and Mendeley need to do more quality control.
Take for example the article
A General Framework for Increasing the Robustness of PCA-Based Correlation Clustering Algorithms
Hans-Peter Kriegel, Peer Kröger, Erich Schubert, Arthur Zimek
Scientific and Statistical Database Management (SSDBM 2008)
(part of my diploma thesis).
Apparently, someone screwed up entering the data into Mendeley and added the editors to the authors. Now Google happily imported this data into Google Scholar, and keeps on reporting the authors incorrectly, too. Of course, many people will again import this incorrect data into their bibtex files, upload it to Mendeley and others...
Yet, neither Google Scholar nor Mendeley has an option for reporting such an error. They don't even realize that maybe Springerlink - where the DOI points to - is the more reliable source.
On the contrary, Google Scholar just started suggesting to me that the editors are coauthors ...
They really need to add an option to fix such errors. There is nothing wrong with having errors in gathered data, but you need to have a way of fixing them.
2012-03-14 12:52 — Categories: English ResearchPermaLinkComments