Using PoP: Program menu

Publish or Perish tutorial

Note: This tutorial was originally written for Publish or Perish v4 and all screenshots come from this version. However, the information as such is also applicable for later versions of Publish or Perish.


Now we are talking about menus, please have a browse through the Publish or Perish menu at the top. Here you can access all the menu options we have discussed so far, plus a few more. Just explore a little!

Lefthand menu: Access to all major functions and help resources


The lefthand menu has four major sections:

Citation analysis

Allows you to move between the different options for citation analysis:

You can also go directly to the multi-query center, which stores all your queries and allows for sophisticated query management.

Publish or Perish tips

This section gives you direct access to the most important Publish or Perish tips. Please use it whenever you have any questions or even before to ensure you search in the most effective way.

Help resources

This section directs you to all available help resources. Even if you don’t want to read software helpfiles or FAQs, please at least look at the 2-minute intro!

Program maintenance

This section allows you to check for updates to ensure you are using the latest version of Publish or Perish.

It also links to a “What’s new?” which will tell you what changed if you have just updated your PoP version.

The web browser provides access to the Web without having to leave Publish or Perish.

Please use the available help resources and tips

Interestingly, and somewhat annoyingly, I get many emails with requests for help from academics who are highly surprised there is a help file. There really is one! There are links called Help in the left-hand column, the right-hand column, and the top-menu. Clicking on the question mark at the top right hand corner gets you context sensitive help.

Some users have been running sub-optimal queries for years, wasting many hours of their time. Using the available help resources will make your searches much more effective. If I got a pound for everyone who said: Sorry, I didn’t know there was a … [fill the blank]: helpfile, FAQ, Book, Website, Journal impact search, Keyword search, Multi-query center, I would be a rich woman ;-)

Support Publish or Perish

The development of the Publish or Perish software is a volunteering effort that has been ongoing since 2006. Download and use of Publish or Perish is and will remain free (gratis), but your support toward the costs of hosting, bandwidth, and software development are appreciated. Your support helps further development of Publish or Perish for new data sources and additional features.


PS: If you are using Publish or Perish on a regular basis, please take 5 minutes to provide me with some feedback.