Microsoft Academic

The Microsoft Academic query pane allows you to perform a Microsoft Academic query and analyse its results; it contains a structured version of the parameters accepted by Microsoft Academic. Publish or Perish uses these parameters to perform a Microsoft Academic query, which is then analyzed and converted to a number of statistics. The results are available on-screen and can also be copied to the Windows clipboard (for pasting in other applications) or saved to a text file (for future reference or further analysis).

Microsoft Academic subscription key

You will need to request a free Microsoft Academic subscription key before you can run Microsoft Academic queries. For detailed instructions, see here.

How to perform a Microsoft Academic search

To perform a Microsoft Academic search:

  1. Enter the relevant parameters in the various fields (see below for an explanation of each parameter);
  2. Click Lookup or press the Enter key.

The program will now contact Microsoft Academic to obtain the citations, process the list, and calculate the citation metrics, which are then displayed in the results list. The full list of results is also available for inspection or modifications and can be exported in a variety of formats.

Attributes

This pane contains the following fields.

Option Description
Authors

Enter the names of the authors you want to look up. The recommended format is to use one or more initials separated by spaces 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).

For more search tips, see Author search.

Years

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".

Affiliations

Enter the affilations that you want to search for. As for the Authors field, you can enter multiple names separated by AND or OR, for example "Melbourne University" OR "Middlesex University".

Note: Affiliation searches are currently less reliable than author searches, mostly because not all publications contain affiliation information. For those that do, the Microsoft Academic database occasionally assigns the wrong affiliations (as of February 2017). However, the broad results are promising as long as you keep a critical eye on the returned works.

Study field

Enter the study fields that you want to search for. As for the Authors field, you can enter multiple fields separated by AND or OR, for example psychology OR "clinical medicine".

Note: Study field designations can vary and overlap, so you should use this option to narrow down other searches rather than blindly rely on its results.

Full journal title

Enter the full name of the publication or journal that you want to look up. Microsoft Academic does not return any results if you only provide a partial journal title.

For more search tips, see Journal search.

Full article title

Enter the full title of the article that you want to look up. Microsoft Academic does not return any results if you only provide a partial article title. To perform a partial title words search, use the All of the words or Any of the words fields.

All of the words Enter any additional words that must all appear in the title or abstract of the returned papers. This can be used to narrow down the search for a specific set of papers.
Any of the words

Enter any additional words that must appear alone or in combination in the title or abstract of the returned papers. This can be used to narrow down the search for a specific set of papers.

Lookup

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.

  • Lookup - [Default] Perform the query. If possible, the query is satisfied from the local Publish or Perish cache; this saves time and reduces the load on Microsoft Academic. If no cache entry for the query exists or the entry is older than the maximum cache age, then the query is forwarded to Microsoft Academic. After the results are received from Microsoft Academic, the local cache is automatically refreshed.
  • Lookup Direct - Submit the query directly to Microsoft Academic, bypassing the local Publish or Perish cache. This may be useful if you suspect that Microsoft Academic may have newer information than is available through the local cache. When the results are returned from Microsoft Academic, the local cache is automatically refreshed.
  • Mark for Lookup - Do not perform the query yet, but mark it (with error code 35) for later lookup, for example as part of a batch lookup from the queries list.

Tip: You can change the maximum cache age in the Preferences: Microsoft Academic dialog box, which is accessible through the Tools > Preferences command.

Note: It is not useful to perform multiple direct lookups for the same query shortly after another; this merely increases the load on Microsoft Academic and counts towards your Microsoft Academic subscription quota. 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.
Copy

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: 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.

  • As CSV
  • As CSV with Header
  • For Excel
  • For Excel with Header [Default]
  • As BibTeX
  • As EndNote
  • As ISI/WoS Export
  • As JSON
  • As RIS/RefManager
  • As APA Reference
  • As Chicago Reference
  • As CSIRO Reference
  • As Harvard Reference
  • As MLA Reference
  • As Vancouver Reference
  • Metrics as CSV
  • Metrics as CSV with Header
  • Metrics for Excel
  • Metrics for Excel with Header
New

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., Microsoft Academic) will be created; the alternate functions appear on a drop-down menu when you click on the drop-down arrow on the button.