5.2.1 Important note

A general citation query gives access to all the query fields of an Advanced Scholar Search, accessible through a separate link on the Google Scholar home page. This is not the same as a standard Google Scholar search (i.e., from the Google Scholar home page).

A standard Google Scholar search is equivalent to performing an All of the words query, 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. Hence it is normally recommended to use a more specific query; see Author impact analysis, Journal impact analysis, and the section Refining the search below.

However, if you do want to get the same results in Publish or Perish as with a standard Google Scholar search, do the following.

  1. Empty all text fields except All of the words.
  2. Enter your query terms in the All of the words field.
  3. Set the Year of publication fields both to 0.
  4. Make sure that all subject area boxes are checked.
  5. Clear the Title words only field.
  6. Click on Lookup.
  7. When the results appear, click on the Rank column header to sort the results in the order in which Google Scholar returned them.