Web of Science

The Web of Science query pane allows you to perform a Web of Science query and analyse its results; it contains a structured version of the parameters accepted by Web of Science. Publish or Perish uses these parameters to perform a Web of Science 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).

Note: Web of Science support is available from Publish or Perish 6.x onwards.

Web of Science subscription required

You (or the organization that you work for) will need a Web of Science subscription before you can run Web of Science queries. You will then have to sign in to Web of Science to create a new session. For detailed instructions, see Web of Science sign in.

How to perform a Web of Science search

To perform a Web of Science 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 Web of Science Web Services 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. For tips on search syntax, 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. For tips on search syntax, see Affiliation search.

Publication/
Journal

Enter the name of the publication or journal you want to look up. For tips on search syntax, see Journal search.

ISSN

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.

Title words

Enter words from the title of the article that you want to look up. For tips on search syntax, see General/keyword search.

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 Web of Science. If no cache entry for the query exists or the entry is older than the maximum cache age, then the query is forwarded to Web of Science. After the results are received from Web of Science, the local cache is automatically refreshed.
  • Lookup Direct - Submit the query directly to Web of Science, bypassing the local Publish or Perish cache. This may be useful if you suspect that Web of Science may have newer information than is available through the local cache. When the results are returned from Web of Science, 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: Web of Science 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 Web of Science. 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 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.

PoP 5.x PoP 6.x
n/a Full Query Report [Default]
As CSV Metrics as CSV
As CSV with Header Metrics as CSV with Header
For Excel Metrics for Excel
For Excel with Header [Default] Metrics for Excel with Header
As BibTeX Results as CSV
As EndNote Results as CSV with Header
As ISI/WoS Export Results for Excel
As JSON Results for Excel with Header
As RIS/RefManager Results as BibTeX
As APA Reference Results as EndNote
As Chicago Reference Results as ISI/WoS Export
As CSIRO Reference Results as JSON
As Harvard Reference Results as RIS/RefManager
As MLA Reference Results as APA Reference
Metrics as CSV Results as Chicago Reference
Metrics as CSV with Header Results as CSIRO Reference
Metrics for Excel Results as Harvard Reference
Metrics for Excel with Header Results as Vancouver Reference
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., Web of Science) will be created; the alternate functions appear on a drop-down menu when you click on the drop-down arrow on the button.