3.1.1 Author query pane

This pane contains the following fields.


Enter the names of the authors you want to look up. The recommended format is to use one or more initials and to quote each name, for example "A Harzing". Try to use the initials that the author usually publishes under.

Exclude these names

Enter any additional names that must not appear in the returned papers. This can be used to narrow down the search for a specific set of papers.

Year of publication between ... and ...

Enter the range of years in which the papers must have been published.

Subject areas

Check the boxes of the subject areas that you want to search in; clear the others. Clearing all boxes has the same effect as checking them all: the lookup will ignore the subject areas.

Please note that the subject area classification is not always accurate; see “How to perform an effective author impact analysis” for more information


Click this button to perform the query. If possible, the query is satisfied from the local Publish or Perish cache; this saves time and reduces the load on Google Scholar. If no cache entry for the query exists or the entry is older than the maximum cache age, then the query is forwarded to Google Scholar. After the results are received from Google Scholar, the local cache is automatically refreshed.

Note Tip: You can change the maximum cache age in the Preferences - Queries dialog box, which is accessible through the File > Preferences command.

Lookup Direct

Click this button to send the query directly to Google Scholar, bypassing the local Publish or Perish cache. This may be useful if you suspect that Google Scholar may have newer information available than is available through the local cache. When the results are returned from Google Scholar, the local cache is automatically refreshed.

Note Note: It is not useful to perform multiple direct lookups for the same query shortly after another; this merely increases the load on Google Scholar and increases the chance that your computer may be temporarily denied access by Google Scholar. We recommend that you only use the Lookup Direct function as a last resort.