Publish or Perish version 6
The first lines of code for the Publish or Perish software were written in October 2006. Today, just over 11 years later, we are proud to introduce its latest incarnation, prosaically called Version 6 or PoP6. You can download it here.
A year ago, we introduced Publish or Perish version 5 with a completely redesigned user interface. You can find a bit of history of the program's development here. Although some long-standing users were a bit confused, the vast majority appreciated the easy access to recent and older queries and the more flexible search interface.
Version 6 incorporates six data sources
The major change for Publish or Perish version 6 is the substantial expansion of data sources. Publish or Perish now offers the following data sources (in alphabetical order).
- Crossref: launched in early 2000 as a cooperative effort among publishers, it recently started making citation data available under the Initiative for Open Citations. Its coverage is still limited, but expanding. It currently has a poor author search syntax, but is perfect for ISSN search and key words searches.
- Google Scholar (GS): PoP's only data source until PoP 5 was launched in October 2016 and still many users' favourite because of its comprehensive coverage. However, searches can be slow and it does have its flaws, so do explore the alternative data sources.
- Google Scholar Profile (GSP): Excellent alternative to Google Scholar for those authors who have a profile. Combines comprehensive coverage with easy author disambiguation.
- Microsoft Academic (MA): Much improved reincarnation of the flawed MA Search. For many academics it will provide a coverage that is close to Google Scholar coverage, but it has quicker searches and cleaner results.
- Scopus: [in progress] Curated, subscription-based, data-base provided by Elsevier. High level of accuracy, but - especially in Engineering, the Social Sciences and Humanities - lower coverage than Google Scholar or Microsoft Academic.
- Web of Science: Curated, subscription-based, data-base provided by Clarivate. High level of accuracy, but - especially in Engineering, the Social Sciences and Humanities - lower coverage than Google Scholar or Microsoft Academic.
Version 6 presents full query report
The other major new feature in Publish or Perish version 6 is the introduction of a full query report. To simplify record keeping of data queries, Publish or Perish 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).
Which data source to use?
This quick introduction provides an overview of the six data sources you can search through Publish or Perish. For detail on Author searches, Journal searches, General/keyword searches or Affiliation searches please refer to the relevant pages.
Please note: Every data source has its own unique syntax that – oftentimes – is not fully documented. On the Author searches, Journal searches, General/keyword searches or Affiliation searches pages you will find the most important tips and problems, but to get the best out of the different data sources you need to be prepared to experiment with different search strategies. If you find that some things are not working as you expect, please share your findings by sending me an email, so that, collectively, we can improve these instructions.
If you really want to make the most of the many possible ways in which Publish or Perish can be used, refer to the Publish or Perish tutorial for dozens of use cases, ranging from job interviews to promotion applications and literature reviews to bibliometric research or check the blog posts with Publish or Perish tips.
|Google Scholar (GS)||
|Google Scholar Profile (GSP)||
|Microsoft Academic (MA)||
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Support Publish or Perish
While the development of the Publish or Perish software is a volunteering effort and download and use of Publish or Perish is and will remain free (gratis), 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.
Please do not feel obliged to support us financially; we developed Publish or Perish to help academics across the world obtain better (and free) access to academic data sources and will remain to do so. Everyone can access the free online help resources for the program and you can support us simply by sending us an email explaining why the software is useful to you.
However, if you do want to support us, further details can be found here.
Copyright © 2019 Anne-Wil Harzing. All rights reserved. Page last modified on Sun 13 Jan 2019 08:17
Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. 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.