I am applying for graduate admissions this year and one of my publication is in stage in publication with the journal.

I have uploaded the paper on Google Drive and I am planning to provide the link to the paper in my CV using the Google Drive option "Anyone with the link".

Now, my question is, will my document/paper (which is in PDF) get indexed for searching?

If it does, then it might cause plagiarism issues with the process of publication.

Your opinion is highly appreciated!


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Your document will be indexed if the link is put on a web page, or if you tell the Google Search Console about a website where it's placed. The Google crawlers move amongst websites on the surface web, so if your file is not put on an existing web page on the surface web, it will not be indexed.

Note that many web pages are in the deep web, for example by them being listed in the robots.txt file on a website server—these pages are not indexed. Other pages in the deep web include those where log-in access is required, such as a "friends-only" Facebook post. A public Facebook or Twitter post is in the surface-level web.

In most cases, Google Drive links are not put on web pages, so that is why most public Google Drive files are not indexed.

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Google can index Google docs in its search results but the same criteria apply as for all web content, so if its overly short or clearly nonsense then it probably won't get picked up. I tried an experiment a few months ago with Google docs and Google Drive files, even long and useful pages which 100% will be indexed if they were web pages were not picked up, even when I included links to them on high authority sites. Hope your studies went well in the end.

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