Accuracy: PoP vs GS for journals
Note: This tutorial was originally written for Publish or Perish version 4 and all screenshots come from this version. However, the information as such is also applicable for the latest Publish or Perish versions 5 and 6. For information about accuracy in Microsoft Academic, please see the helpfile.
Advanced search vs. standard search
If the Publish or Perish results differ from the ones you get by using Google Scholar directly, this is typically caused by the fact that Publish or Perish uses the Advanced Scholar Search capabilities of Google Scholar, whereas your manual search probably used the standard Google Scholar search.
The latter is equivalent to an All of the words search, 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.
Worked example: standard search vs. journal search
If you would for instance search for Journal of International Business Studies using the standard Google Scholar search (i.e. all of the words) rather than the journal search, many of your highly cited results would not refer to this journal (see screenshot).
General search matches search terms anywhere in the document
This search matches “Journal of International Business Studies” anywhere in the document, including articles published in other journals that are available full-text in Google Scholar and that cite articles in Journal of International Business Studies. As a result you will get many highly cited articles referring to articles in Journal of International Business Studies, rather than published in Journal of International Business Studies.
Google scholar rank differs from citation rank
This is also illustrated by the difference in citation rank and Google Scholar rank for these articles. These articles in other journals are highly cited (hence highly ranked on citations), but not very relevant to the search (hence low-ranked on the Google Scholar rank).
Want to replicate standard Google Scholar search in Publish or Perish?
If you really do want to get the same results in Publish or Perish as with a standard Google Scholar search, do the following.
- Go to the General citation search page.
- Empty all text fields except All of the words.
- Enter your query terms in the All of the words field.
- Set the Year of publication 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.
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Copyright © 2017 Anne-Wil Harzing. All rights reserved. Page last modified on Fri 20 Oct 2017 16:24
Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.