Google introduced (was it a few weeks ago) a new version of Google Scholar where you as a scientist can claim your name and your scientific papers that you have authored. Previously you could just search, e.g., to get your papers listed, see my previous blog post. However, if you got a common name, e.g., “J. Larsen” you would run into the problem that your publications would be entangled with the publications of other people called “J. Larsen” or “RJ Larsen” or “JC Larsen”, etc. With the new system it almost seems that Google does co-author mining so they are better to distinguish the different similar-named authors. Furthermore, – and most important – with a Google Scholar account you can claim your papers which solves the ambiguity problem, – and you can add and merge papers. Editing functionality was already present in CiteSeer long ago (if I remember correctly) and in Microsoft Academic Search you can also do editing of the publication list.
The new Google Scholar functionality seems not to be that good in discovering new relevant papers, e.g., those papers that cite you. There the old fashion Google Scholar email alert seems better. What is does provide is a nice overview for h-index junkies. The number is automatically computed and makes Google Scholar a serious competitor the the pay-walled ISI Web of Science.