You will be taken to the default Web of Science Basic Search:
The most effective search is by author. First, change the default search setting from “Topic” to “Author.” Enter the last name, a space, and the first initial of the first name followed by an asterisk, Ex. Oldow j*.
If you are sure that the author is always cited/published with the middle initial, then enter it as Oldow js*. Keep in mind that if you put in the middle initial, it will not find any matches where only the first initial (“j”) is used.
If the name is unique enough, you can use the last name only, Ex. Oldow*. In this final example, Web of Science will find all of the articles by any author with the last name Oldow.
To build a search based on multiple versions of an author’s name or multiple authors, scroll down to Step 5 on creating a Marked List.
When searching by author, make sure that you change the dropdown option from Topic to Author.
Note: Web of Science defaults to the Core Collection search as seen in the top navigation bar:
The Core Collection includes both journals and conference proceedings. Journal coverage extends back to 1900, depending on the discipline (e.g., Arts & Humanities or Social Sciences). Conference proceedings only go back to 1990.
If the user wishes to limit to a particular subject area or collection within the Core Collection, click on More Settings toward the bottom of the screen and select/deselect particular collections:
The default setting is to search all collections.
Once the results are retrieved for the author, click Create Citation Report in the upper right corner:
On the Citation Report page, displayed are a graph for the number of articles or items published by the author (left), a graph listing the number of times the author has been cited by year (center), and finally the h-index (right):
Beneath the graphs, the user may click checkboxes to remove any items from the Citation Report that have been erroneously added or adjust the publication date range and then recalculate the h-index:
The “?” beside the h-index score will direct the user to a description of how the h-index is calculated:
5. If the user wishes to build a list based on multiple versions of an author’s name or multiple authors, s/he can conduct multiple searches, each time using the Add to Marked List button between each search:
Once all citations are collected using the Add to Marked List feature, the user may click the Marked List button in the upper right corner of the screen to obtain a full list of all citations:
From the new page of results, scroll down the page and click on the Create Citation Report link to produce an h-index score based on all the items in the marked list: