Author query pane

The author query pane is part of the Author impact analysis page. Please consult that page for general search tips.


This pane contains the following fields.

Option Description

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. You can enter more than one name; this behaves as an AND clause (only co-authored paper), for example "A Harzing" "NG Noorderhaven". To perform an OR query (individual papers AND co-authored ones), include OR in the query: "A Harzing" OR "NG Noorderhaven"

For more search tips, see Author impact analysis.

Exclude these authors Enter the names that must not appear as author 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. You can set either year to 0 (zero) to indicate "don't care".
Data source Select the desired data source from the drop-down list. The following choices are available:
Data source Description
Google Scholar Uses the Google Scholar advanced search facilities to perform the query.
Microsoft Academic Search Uses the Microsoft Academic Search API to perform the query.

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.

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

Clear All Clears all query fields. You can use this to quickly prepare the fields for an entirely new query.