PoP 8 new features (6): Improved search reports - basic or extended

Week 6 of a weekly announcement of new features of Publish or Perish version 8

Basic search report

On the 1st of November 2021, nearly exactly 15 years after first launching Publish or Perish, we released version 8 of the software. After two months of "soft launch", we are now ready to publicise its new features. To do so, I will post about a new feature every Thursday. If you want a complete overview have a look at this blogpost: Publish or Perish version 8.

Version 8 improves the search report we introduced in version 6. First, you can now create a report in the order in which results are sorted. This means you can create search reports with commonly used ordering systems such as (reverse) chronological/alphabetical.

If you are more interested in citation impact, you can order your report by total number of citations or citations per year (as in the above screenshot), listing the most cited papers first. However, you can also use any other order you may see fit such as ordering by journal, publisher or first author.

Basic or extended? Your choice

Second, we now include a choice between two types of reports:

  • Basic: search terms, data retrieval, metrics, and basic results, i.e., full reference for all publications and citations per publication (incl. per year).
  • Extended: as above, but results are provided in structured format by title with full bibliographic details, citations, the DOI (formatted as URL), and each paper's abstract, if available.

Above are the first two pages of a Basic Search Report, using my publication record in Microsoft Academic as an example. This option is very handy if you need a concise overview of this information for performance appraisals, funding applications or simply want to copy a list of your publications and their citations to a CV or website.

Using the same data set as above, the first two pages of an Extended Search Report look like this (note the extensive abstracts and extended formatting of each paper's bibliographic details):

Extended search report

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