Using PoP

Publish or Perish tutorial

Note: This tutorial was originally written for Publish or Perish v4 and all screenshots come from this version. However, the information as such is also applicable for later versions of Publish or Perish.

Now you know what functions can be performed with Publish or Perish, maybe you can spend a bit of time getting to get to know the features of the PoP interface a little better? This will ensure you get the best out of the software.

Top-right hand buttons

Let’s look at the buttons first. At the top right-hand you will find four buttons. You have already used Lookup and maybe Lookup Direct, but what is the difference?

  • Lookup: Looks up the current query, using the internal cache if possible. This means that if you have run the query before, the results will come from the cache and the search is not submitted to Google Scholar again. This is quicker and does not create unnecessary strain on Google Scholar.
  • Lookup Direct: Looks up the current query, bypassing the internal cache and contacting Google Scholar directly. Only use Lookup Direct if you really want “fresh” data.
  • Clear All simply clears anything you have entered into the search boxes. Useful if you want to start with a clean slate.
  • Help, surprise surprise … takes you to the help file.
  • Search tips, takes you to tips for effective searching relevant to the specific search

Right hand buttons


The second set of buttons is divided into four sets. The first set of copy buttons allow you to very quickly copy data from PoP to other programs.

Copy results: Click this button to copy all currently selected results plus the corresponding metrics to the Windows clipboard. You can then paste them into another application. The keyboard shortcut for this command is Ctrl+Shift+C.


The next button (Copy >) unfolds another drop-down menu, allowing you to export either the statistics (the upper part of the results with all the metrics) or the list of publications with their details. You can chose three different formats, depending on your needs and for the CSV and Excel format can export with or without header.

Please note: If you want copy data from several queries at once, use the popup menu commands from the multi-query center's list view.

Copy [...] for Excel with Header most useful

I normally find the Excel with Header most useful. After you paste the data into an Excel spreadsheet [simply right-click and select paste], it shows you the data in a nice column format. You can then convert into to a sortable table with just one click [Use Insert/Table in Excel].





Check buttons


The second set of buttons allows you to:

  • check all publications
  • check a sub-set of publications (see below)

Uncheck buttons


The third set of buttons allows you to uncheck all or a sub-set of publications:

  • those that have 0 citations.
  • those that are of the [citation] format. These are results to which Google Scholar found references, but for which the original work was not found online.
  • any other selection that you have made. You can select publications with the keyboard or mouse, in the same way you would in most programs.

Support Publish or Perish

The development of the Publish or Perish software is a volunteering effort that has been ongoing since 2006. Download and use of Publish or Perish is and will remain free (gratis), but 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.

Related videos