Publish or Perish tutorial now in book format

Introduces the Publish or Perish tutorial: 80 easy tips to get the best out of the software

Through my technical support for Publish or Perish over the last 10 years and the Publish or Perish Survey, I have come to realise that there is room for improvement in the way most PoP users use the program. Obviously, there are many help resources: a help file, an FAQ and the Publish or Perish book. However, most users don’t seem to consult those. Therefore I created an even easier way to get familiar with the PoP software.

Tutorial: 80 PoP tips (pdf version)

This tutorial of 80 tips introduces the user to the main functions of Publish or Perish in short and easy chunks. Most sections can be read independently, but the collection is structured in a logical order, so you can work through it doing one section at a time.

PoP Tutorial Book

© 2016 Anne-Wil Harzing. Published by Tarma Software Research Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 178 pp. ISBN 978-0-9808485-9-5 (pdf)

US$9.95 - Electronic version (PDF download)

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Tutorial: 80 PoP tips (paperback version)

This tutorial of 80 tips introduces the user to the main functions of Publish or Perish in short and easy chunks. Most sections can be read independently, but the collection is structured in a logical order, so you can work through it doing one section at a time.

PoP Tutorial Book

© 2016 Anne-Wil Harzing. Published by Tarma Software Research Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 180 pp. ISBN 978-0-9808485-8-8 (paperback B&W)

US$14.95 - Available from Amazon Amazon as a black & white paperback and Kindle.

Contents of the book

Finding out your publications, citations and h-index

We will start out with the most common usage scenario: academics searching for their own name, usually to find their publications, citations and h-index. In doing so we also discuss in detail how to disambiguate author names.

Journal search, General search, and Multi-query center

In addition to an author search, Publish or Perish also provides the option to do a journal search. For more demanding users, the general search function opens up a host of additional search options. The multi-query center stores all of your queries and allows for sophisticated query management.

From query export to promotion, from job interview to literature review, and much more...

Amongst many other things, you will learn about a multitude of metrics, how to manage, import and export your queries, how to use PoP to make your case for tenure or promotion, how to decide which journals to submit to, how to prepare for a job interview, how to do a literature review, and even how to do bibliometric research.

Google Scholar limitations

Although Google Scholar typically provides better coverage than Scopus or the Web of Science, it is not a bibliometric database. Instead it relies on parsing scholarly literature on the Web. Therefore, this tutorial also covers the main limitations of Google Scholar, including lack of discipline filtering, truncation of author and journal names, and the occasional wrong parsing of years, master records, author names.

Detailed contents

  • PoP tip 1: Author search (1): Three easy steps
  • PoP tip 2: Author search (2): Do include the quotes (“ ”)
  • PoP tip 3: Author search (3): Use selective exclusion
  • PoP tip 4: Author search (4): Use multiple initials
  • PoP tip 5: Author search (5): Exclude homonyms
  • PoP tip 6: Author search (6): Use full given name
  • PoP tip 7: Author search (7): Use year restrictions
  • PoP tip 8: Author search (8): Use multiple names
  • PoP tip 9: Author search (9): Exclude co-authors
  • PoP tip 10: Author search (10): Use research fields
  • PoP tip 11: Author search (11): Use affiliation
  • PoP tip 12: Journal search (1): Basic Search
  • PoP tip 13: Journal search (2): Excluding namesakes by journal name or keywords
  • PoP tip 14: Journal search (3): Excluding journal namesakes by ISSN
  • PoP tip 15: Journal search (4): Excluding by ISSN: a quick-and-dirty strategy
  • PoP tip 16: Journal search (5): Searching by ISSN
  • PoP tip 17: Journal search (6): Year restrictions
  • PoP tip 18: Journal search (7): Searching chapters in an edited volume
  • PoP tip 19: General citation search (1): Basic Search
  • PoP tip 20: General citation search (2): Finding a specific paper
  • PoP tip 21: General citation search (3): Finding a specific academic
  • PoP tip 22: General citation search (4): Advanced Author Queries
  • PoP tip 23: General citation search (5): What has a journal published on a topic?
  • PoP tip 24: General citation search (6): Institutional searches
  • PoP tip 25: Multi-query center (1): Introduction
  • PoP tip 26: Multi-query center (2): Tree view
  • PoP tip 27: Multi-query center (3): List view
  • PoP tip 28: Multi-query center (4): Exporting
  • PoP tip 29: Multi-query center (5): Importing (1): Re-Importing exported data
  • PoP tip 30: Multi-query center (6): Importing (2): Importing ISI data
  • PoP tip 31: Multi-query center (7): Importing (3): Importing Scopus data
  • PoP tip 32: Multi-query center (8): Exporting and Importing Archives
  • PoP tip 33: Multi-query center (9): Longitudinal comparisons
  • PoP tip 34: Multi-query center (10): Aggregating queries
  • PoP tip 35: Accuracy: PoP does NOT give results different from Google Scholar
  • PoP tip 36: Improve author search accuracy (1): Check if the years make sense
  • PoP tip 37: Improve author search accuracy (2): Merge duplicate citations
  • PoP tip 38: Improve author search accuracy (3): Selective merging
  • PoP tip 39: What the heck are all these metrics (1)? Simple metrics
  • PoP tip 40: What the heck are all these metrics (2)? H and G index
  • PoP tip 41: What the heck are all these metrics (3)? hI,norm and hI,annual
  • PoP tip 42: What the heck are all these metrics (4)? Even more h-indices
  • PoP tip 43: Present your case (1): Find the pearls in your record
  • PoP tip 44: Present your case (2): Create your own reference group
  • PoP tip 45: Present your case (3): Pick your metrics wisely
  • PoP tip 46: Present your case (4): Compare your best papers to the journal average
  • PoP tip 47: Present your case (5): Present comprehensive cites for edited volumes
  • PoP tip 48: Present your case (6): Argue for quality by association
  • PoP tip 49: Evaluating other academics (1): Reviewers, examiners, referees
  • PoP tip 50: Evaluating other academics (2): Meeting an academic visitor
  • PoP tip 51: Evaluating other academics (3): Writing laudations or obituaries
  • PoP tip 52: Evaluating other academics (4): Publication awards
  • PoP tip 53: Evaluating other academics (5): Preparing for a job interview
  • PoP tip 54: Tips for Deans and other administrators
  • PoP tip 55: Where to submit your paper? (1): Which journals publish on your topic
  • PoP tip 56: Where to submit your paper? (2): Comparing journals by impact
  • PoP tip 57: Where to submit your paper? (3): Have you missed any papers?
  • PoP tip 58: How to conduct a literature review search?
  • PoP tip 59: Identifying key authors, journals, and publications in a field
  • PoP tip 60: Development of the literature over time
  • PoP tip 61: Bibliometric research with Google Scholar
  • PoP tip 62: Doing bibliometric research for authors
  • PoP tip 63: Doing bibliometric research for journals: co-authorship patterns
  • PoP tip 64: Google Scholar: strengths and weaknesses
  • PoP tip 65: Google Scholar limitations (1): Truncating author and journal names
  • PoP tip 66: Google Scholar limitations (2): The wrong master record
  • PoP tip 67: Google Scholar limitations (3): Wrong author names
  • PoP tip 68: Google Scholar limitations (4): Online listing as year of publication
  • PoP tip 69: Google Scholar limitations (5): Stray citations
  • PoP tip 70: Google Scholar limitations (6): All cites attributed to the last edition
  • PoP tip 71: Google Scholar limitations (7): Removal of subject areas
  • PoP tip 72: Google Scholar limitations (8): Publication years, not citation years
  • PoP tip 73: Google Scholar limitations (9): Slow searches
  • PoP tip 74: Google Scholar limitations (10): CAPTCHAS
  • PoP tip 75: Using PoP (1): The buttons
  • PoP tip 76: Using PoP (2): Resizing and sorting columns
  • PoP tip 77: Using PoP (3): Context menu
  • PoP tip 78: Using PoP (4): Top and left-hand menu
  • PoP tip 79: Setting preferences: General preferences
  • PoP tip 80: Setting preferences: Query preferences