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Course Research Impacts: Finding articles of an author

Finding articles of an author

Searching for the work of specific authors can be difficult: there can be multiple authors with the same family name and initials, even within the same research field. An author can also change his or her name (for example after marriage) or change research fields. When you want to compare researchers, it’s important that you are looking at the work of the intended researcher, not also at the work of another researcher with the same name.

Web of Science tries to solve this problem in two ways: the author search, with distinct author sets, and with linking authors to two Author Identifiers: ResearcherID and ORCID iD.

This part of the course covers:

  • the Authors search
  • Author Identifiers
  • Author metrics: the H-index

Using the Authors search

Open the Researchers tab. You can perform a Name Search or search by Author identifier, using ResearcherID or ORCID iD.
In the first step of the Name Search you have to enter the last name and at least one initial of the author.

Step 1 of the author search in Web of Science: enter Last name and First name or initial

Click Search. The result is a list of author records. An author record is a set of documents likely authored by the same person. An algorithm of Web of Science generates these sets. One author can have multiple author records in Web of Science and sometimes a publication is linked to the wrong author. You can refine the results, by using the filter options on the left side of the screen.

The results list shows the name, name variants, the last affiliation, the number of documents, publication years, top journals, a link to see recent publications, and when available the ResearcherID (the author identifier used by Web of Science). A green mark means that the author 'claimed' that record, he or she verified the publications list. Unfortunately, once a author record is claimed, the algorithm of Web of Science can't update that author record anymore, and a new author record is created.

Step 2 of the author search in Web of Science: list of author records

Using Author Identifiers

Web of Science displays two author identifiers: ResearcherID and ORCID. These are both individual author identifiers, that will stay with the researcher over the course of his or her career, regardless of name changes or changes in institution affiliation.

ResearcherID is an author identifier developed by Clarivate Analytics. A ResearcherID is created for each author record in Web of Science and a researcher can claim her author record. 

When you know the ResearcherID of the author you’re interested in, you can enter it in the Basic Search in the field 'Author Identifiers', but this only works for claimed ResearcherIDs. In the Researchers tab, you can select the option Author Identifiers instead of Name Search. This search options works for claimed and unclaimed ResearcherIDs. Claimed ResearchersIDs will be shown in the full record of an article in Web of Science. 

ORCID is an initiative to solve the author/contributor name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current author ID schemes, including ResearcherID. Researchers have to create their own ORCID iD ánd link it with their Web of Science ResearcherID. ORCID can be linked to other identifiers as well, like the Scopus Author ID. When you know the ORCID iD of the author you’re interested in, you can enter it in the Basic Search in the field 'Author Identifiers' or in the Authors search by selecting the option Author Identifiers instead of Name Search. The ORCID iD is shown in the full record of an article in Web of Science.

Author Identifiers in Web of Science record

Please note: the researcher has to keep his/her author identifiers up-to-date. It's possible you don't find all his or her publications when you search by an identifier. In this example, the ResearcherID and the ORCID iD of the researcher are not linked yet.

The H-index in Web of Science

When you have created a list of publications of the researcher you want to investigate, you can create a Citation Report, based on the records in Web of Science.

Author search results                            Click the button Citation Report above the search results.

Author search citation report

Here you can see the number of publications, the H-index of the researcher, the number of citations and citing articles, also without self-citations. This information is based on the articles in the results list, so you have to make sure that list is accurate and up-to-date (otherwise the H-index could for example be partially based on the articles and citation received by someone else!).

What does 'without self-citations' mean in Web of Science? This is the total number of citing articles minus any article that appears in the set of search results on the Citation Report. This means this number is not determined by matching author names: it is possible you see articles from the author in the list of citing articles. In that case, check your search criteria, maybe you excluded certain author sets.