The Google Scholar query pane in Publish or Perish allows you to perform a Google Scholar query and analyse its results. Publish or Perish also calculates a number of commonly used citation metrics from the results. The results are available on-screen and can also be copied to the Windows clipboard (for pasting into other applications) or saved to a text file (for future reference or further analysis).
How to perform a Google Scholar search
To perform a Google Scholar search:
- Enter the relevant parameters in the various fields (see below for an explanation of each parameter);
- Click Lookup or press the Enter key.
The Google Scholar query pane gives access to all Google Scholar search parameters, accessible through a pop-up on the Google Scholar home page. This is not the same as a standard Google Scholar search (i.e., from the standard Google Scholar search box).
A standard Google Scholar search is equivalent to performing an All of the words query, which matches the search terms anywhere in the searched documents (author, title, source, abstract, references etc.) and usually provides too many irrelevant results for an effective citation analysis. Hence it is normally recommended to use a more specific query; see for example Author search and Journal search.
However, if you do want to get the same results in Publish or Perish as with a standard Google Scholar search, do the following.
- Empty all text fields except All of the words.
- Enter your query terms in the All of the words field.
- Set the Years fields both to 0.
- Clear the Title words only field.
- Click on Lookup.
- When the results appear, click on the Rank column header to sort the results in the order in which Google Scholar returned them.
This pane contains the following fields.
Enter the names of the authors you want to look up. The recommended format is to use one or more initials and to quote each name, for example "A Harzing". Try to use the initials that the author usually publishes under.
You can enter multiple names separated by AND or OR, for example "A Harzing" AND "N G Noorderhaven" (co-authored) or "A Harzing" OR "N G Noorderhaven" (individual papers AND co-authored ones).
To exclude an author name from the results, prefix the name with a '-' (minus) character. For example, "A Harzing" -"N G Noorderhaven" finds articles authored by A Harzing but not N G Noorderhaven.
For more search tips, see Author search.
Enter the range of years in which the papers must have been published. You can set either year to 0 (zero) to indicate "don't care".
Enter the name of the publication or journal you want to look up. The recommended format is the full title enclosed in quotes, for example "Journal of International Business". However, you might have to experiment with common abbreviations as well.
For more search tips, see Journal search.
Enter the ISSNs of the journals you want to look up. The ISSNs must use the format dddd-dddd, i.e., 4 digits, a hyphen, and another 4 digits.
Note: The ISSN search helps to narrow down the results, but may cause false positives if the same ISSN appears in the text of an article. Generally, the best results are achieved when searching for both a publication title and the corresponding ISSN.
|All of the words||Enter any additional words that must all appear in the returned papers. This can be used to narrow down the search for a specific set of papers. For tips on search syntax, see General/keyword search.|
|Title words only||
Check this box to restrict the additional word matches (i.e., All of the words, Any of the words, None of the words, The phrase) to the titles of the returned papers; clear the box to match them anywhere in the papers. For tips on search syntax, see General/keyword search.
|Any of the words||
Enter any additional words that must appear alone or in combination in the returned papers. This can be used to narrow down the search for a specific set of papers. For tips on search syntax, see General/keyword search.
|None of the words||
Enter any additional words that must not appear in the returned papers. This can be used to narrow down the search for a specific set of papers. For tips on search syntax, see General/keyword search.
Enter a phrase (i.e., a specific sequence of words) that must all appear in the returned papers. This can be used to narrow down the search for a specific set of papers. For tips on search syntax, see General/keyword search.
Multi-function button with the following functions.
Note: The [Default] function is obtained by clicking on the main part if the button; the alternate functions appear on a drop-down menu when you click on the drop-down arrow on the button.
Note: It is not useful to perform multiple direct lookups for the same query shortly after another; this merely increases the load on Google Scholar and increases the chance that your computer may be temporarily denied access by Google Scholar. We recommend that you only use the Lookup Direct function as a last resort.
|Clear All||Clears all query fields. You can use this to quickly prepare the fields for an entirely new query.|
|Revert||Restores the query fields to their previous state. This function is only available as long as you have not performed a lookup with the current query fields.|
Multi-function button that copies the results or metrics belonging to the current query to the Windows clipboard in one of the following ways. See Exporting your data for information about these formats.
Note 1: The [Default] function is obtained by clicking on the main part if the button; the alternate functions appear on a drop-down menu when you click on the drop-down arrow on the button.
Note 2: The labelling and order of the Copy commands has changed somewhat between PoP 5.x and PoP 6.x, but their effects have remained the same. The following table shows the menu commands in PoP 5.x and PoP 6.x order.
Multi-function button that creates a new query object, as follows.
Note: If you click on the main part of the button, a new query of the same type as the current one (i.e., Google Scholar) will be created; the alternate functions appear on a drop-down menu when you click on the drop-down arrow on the button.
Copyright © 2017 David Adams. All rights reserved. Page last modified on Fri 8 Dec 2017 23:05
Web master of Harzing.com and developer of the Publish or Perish software, among other things. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering, a PhD in Operations Research, and likes to watch academic life from a safe distance.