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Perl Hacks: a bot for Google Scholar

Lately I was asked to write a bot which allowed people to easily query Google Scholar and get citations for a person/paper. I wrote this little perl script which requires two parameters: the name of the author and the paper title. It then queries Scholar and returns the number of citations for that paper. Quick and easy! Unfortunately Scholar data are not always consistent, but they are still helpful in some way... And well, of course Publish or Perish is a better tool if you want to know statistics about your publications ;-)