How to conduct searches with Microsoft Academic

Explains how to use Microsoft Academic as a new data source in Publish or Perish

From version 5 onwards Publish or Perish includes the option to conduct Microsoft Academic queries. For information about Microsoft Academic coverage see the following blog posts:

Microsoft Academic query pane

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

Publish or Perish includes results from Microsoft Academic Knowledge API in Azure Cognitive Services, made possible with a generous grant from Microsoft Research. You no longer need a subscription key, although you can use your own key if preferred in the Microsoft Academic preferences dialog.

How to perform a Microsoft Academic search

To perform a Microsoft Academic search:

  1. Enter the relevant parameters in the various fields (see the Publish or Perish manual 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.

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