Web of Science author search changes

Nov 08, 2019 · Lorrie Pellack

Web of Science no longer offers a Guided Author Search – features from this have been incorporated into a much-improved Author Search, which has been in BETA since September 2018. Users will note the system is a work in progress and has trouble correctly finding some author names.

Clarivate Analytics, the publisher of the Web of Science, has enhanced the regular author search using an algorithm to cluster all possible name variations into one record. Once an author search has been run, depending on how common or unusual the name is, it can dynamically pinpoint specific authors using limiters such as discipline and institution name(s). The search results will display all of the authors that match the search terms and show their disciplines and/or current organization affiliations.

Depending on how many results there are for an author name, the interface may give different options for narrowing down the search. If searching for Li Zhang, for example, there will be an intervening screen saying there are too many possible matches and asks users to narrow the search to a specific country/continent first, then displays the results, which can then be narrowed down even further.

Also new with this update:

·        The ability to search for names that include apostrophes, hyphens and spaces in the last name.

·       The ability for authors to “claim” their author record and submit corrections.

Note: This requires authors to manage their presence within the Web of Science using a ResearcherID. Once an author record is claimed, they are the only person who can update it through the profile on Publons. Authors are able to link their ORCiD to Publons profiles.

For more details, see our new guide to Web of Science author name searching

For help/advice on locating publications by a specific author, feel free to email or call Lorrie Pellack at 294-5569 or Jeff Kushkowski at 294-2408. We are happy to walk individuals through the maze of possibilities either in person or by phone/email.