By default Google Scholar search results can be monitored by creating a mail alert. Whenever there is an update, you will receive an e-mail with the latest results for that saved search.

But if you are like me and want to stay up-to-date of things via RSS (go watch this brilliant RSS in plain English video) you will be disappointed. There is NO RSS feed for Google Scholar! As far as I can see, Google has simply disabled that feature. But i needed it!

So … For a website project I wanted to display the latest Google Scholar results on a topic, inside a page via an RSS embed plugin for WordPress.

I did some Google searching, but only found old results which pointed to solutions of the “e-mail to RSS” type, including suggestions to use Yahoo Pipes and If This Then That. To keep it short: i tried a few, but I got none working.

Then I found a service called Feed Creator, a free service by and within the timespan of a few helpful tweets, I got exactly what i needed in the following seven steps:

  1. Go to Google Scholar and do a search, as complex as needed
  2. Copy the URL of the search result
  3. Go to Feed Creator and paste the URL
  4. In the second field, enter this: gs_rt
    If you are nerdy, this is the text in a class attribute, which you can find using the Element Inpector in Firefox <h3 class=”gs_rt”></h3> . I figure gs stands for Google Scholar and t stands for Title. I have no idea about the r in rt
  5. Now click the green Preview button and if all goes well, you will see a list of titles, that should be the same as your Google Scholar search
  6. Now you have a few options, but i chose to click the RSS Feed button
  7. Finally you copy that new URL and use it in your favorite RSS reader. I use Feedly for that

During the first days we encountered an issue with the Google Scholar servers. They received many requests coming in via Feed Creator, which put Google in high alert and block the service. According to FiveFilters it’s a temporary thing and could be prevented by
a) not promoting this service too much, as the more users it gets, the more requests the Google servers have to handle. Or
b) install a small php script on your own php driven host, SO the request to Google only comes from you. That is what i did and so far it’s working without any problem. Find out here how you can obtain a copy (scroll down to the bottom).

Update 06/24/2014 : Due to problems between Google and FiveFilters, you can for now make use of this service via my webserver.
Go here (yes, it’s a link!) to create your own RSS feed

I made a short video of these seven steps to show that it’s rediculously easy for the fun you get of it! I hope you enjoy it and please come up with improvements if you found them.