Full Query Report

To simplify record keeping of data queries, Publish or Perish (from version 6.x onwards) can generate a comprehensive query report in a single command. The full query report contains all of the following:

  • The search terms and other query parameters
  • Data retrieval information: data source, date of query and of actual data, status of the query request
  • The metrics that Publish or Perish calculated on the results
  • A formatted list of results, in the order they were received from the data source

When you generate a full query report as a Save as... command it will be written as formatted text in Rich Text Format (RTF), which can be read by most word processors including Microsoft Word, LibreOffice Writer, SoftMaker TextMaker, and many others.

When you generate a full query report as a Copy [to Clipboard] command it will be copied to the Windows clipboard as both Rich Text Format (RTF) and as plain text (in Unicode encoding). This makes it suitable for pasting into word processors (which will see and use the RTF copy, keeping all formatting intact) as well as into plain text editors and other text-based tools (which will see the structured, but unformatted plain text copy).

Other export formats

If you are primarily interested in either the metrics or the actual results, perhaps for further analysis in a spreadsheet, statistics tool, or reference manager, one or more of the following commands might be more suitable. All of these are available both as Save as... and as Copy [to Clipboard] commands:

Option Description
Metrics as CSV Use CSV (Comma-Separated Value) format.
Metrics as CSV with Header Ditto, but prepend a comma-separated line that describes each of the fields on the subsequent data lines.
Metrics for Excel Use a tab-delimited format for use with spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc, or SoftMaker PlanMaker.
Metrics for Excel with Header Ditto, but prepend a tab-separated line that describes each of the fields on the subsequent data lines.
Results as CSV Use CSV (Comma-Separated Value) format.
Results as CSV with Header Ditto, but prepend a comma-separated line that describes each of the fields on the subsequent data lines.
Results for Excel Use a tab-delimited format for use with spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc, or SoftMaker PlanMaker.
Results for Excel with Header Ditto, but prepend a tab-separated line that describes each of the fields on the subsequent data lines.
Results as BibTeX Use BibTeX format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as EndNote Use EndNote Import format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as ISI/WoS Export Use ISI/Web of Science format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as JSON Use JSON format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as RIS/RefManager Use Reference Manager (RIS) format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as APA Reference Use APA Reference format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as Chicago Reference Use Chicago Reference format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as CSIRO Reference Use CSIRO Reference format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as Harvard Reference Use Harvard Reference format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as MLA Reference Use MLA Reference format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.
Results as Vancouver
Reference
Use Vancouver Reference format, encoded as Unicode UTF-8.