This page displays the results of your search in an abbreviated record format. The left-hand column of the page contains the search statement that retrieved the results along with the number of results that the search retrieved. Click the More link to view the selected time span and any selected data restrictions such as document types and languages.

All bibliographic records that appear on the Results page are source records. Source records are from items (journals, books, conferences, and patents) that we have indexed in a product. Every source record has a Full Record that you can access. Moreover, you can add every source record to your Marked List.


For information about managing links, go to Managing Links.


Open Access

Open access status is provided across the Web of Science platform as a result of a partnership with Impactstory, a not-for-profit organization that recently launched a knowledgebase of Open Access (OA) content. This knowledgebase makes it possible to discover and link to legal Gold or Bronze (free content at a publisher's website) and Green (e.g., author self-archived in a repository) OA versions. This partnership improves discoverability and access to article-level OA versions not only by adding more links to OA content, but also by prioritizing the links to the best version of OA content when multiple versions of an article are available. Always consult the copyright owner for any re-use or licensing requests. You can learn more about OA on Web of Science at

The OA status of a document can be one of the following:

  • Gold: A freely accessible final version of an article. Articles are located at a publisher website in one of the following:
    • A journal that publishes only open access articles.
    • A journal that allows individual articles to be open access in an otherwise subscription-based journal.
  • Bronze: A freely accessible final version of an article on a publisher's website. These items may reflect archival or promotional content as well as content that the publisher chooses to make free-to-read for the public good. Bronze OA on Web of Science can contain free-to-read copyrighted "public access" versions and free-to-read versions where license information was unidentifiable.
  • Green: A freely accessible version of an article located in a subject-based repository such as PubMed Central or in an institutional repository. This version of the article may vary from a peer-reviewed accepted manuscript to the final published version based on the journal’s policies. Because accepted manuscripts may vary from the final published versions, they are labelled distinctly as Green Accepted and Green Published, respectively.

A key advantage of the partnership with Impactstory is the ability to prioritize the open access links so the user sees the version of record at the publisher’s site first, followed by the final version at a repository, and then the accepted manuscript at the repository last. Only one open access link is provided.

Users may refine search results to identify these open access articles to ensure they can read the articles regardless of their library’s holdings.

The following OA values are available as part of the export of the full record

  • Gold – for items from journals that are identified as fully Gold by the DOAJ and that are available at the publisher’s website
  • Gold or Bronze – for items that are Hybrid Gold or Bronze (“public access”) and that are available at the publisher’s website
  • Green Published – for items that reflect the published version of an article that is available from a repository
  • Green Accepted – for items that reflect the accepted version of an article that is available from a repository 

Refining Results for Open Access

The Web of Science Refine Results panel offers two methods to filter a set of search results to show only Open Access content.

Using the Open Access filter in the primary "Filter Results by" panel near the top left of the Search Results Summary page will limit search results to all items identified as Open Access of any type.

The Refine Results panel on the left also allows users to refine by the type of OA:

  • "All Open Access" will limit search results to all items identified as Open Access of any type.
  • "Gold or Bronze" will limit search results to all items identified as either Gold (of any type) or Bronze ('public access'). These publications will be identified with a link to access "Free Full Text from Publisher."
  • "Green Published" will limit search results to all items identified with a link to access "Free Published Article from Repository."
  • "Green Accepted" will limit search results to all items identified with a link to access "Free Accepted Article from Repository."


Refine Results Panel

Select one or more check boxes to limit results to records that match the selected criteria. For example, if you select a publication year and a research area, you will generate a subset of the results list consisting of of items that 1) were published in the specified year and 2) belong to the selected research area.

Note that all of the criteria except ESI Top Papers and Open Access are bibliographic record fields. For example, Countries/Regions refers to countries or regions in author addresses, not to countries or regions where research studies were conducted.


All Refine searches are added to the Search History table along with the results of your initial search from the Search page.


More Options / Values ... Link

Click the More Options / Values link within a category to display the first 100 items in that category.


You can further refine the results, exclude specific records, or sort records by record count or in alphabetical order.

  • To refine specific results, select the check box of each item on the list, and then click the Refine button to view only those results.

  • To exclude specific records, select the check box of each item on the list, and then click the Exclude button to remove those records from the results.


Analyze Results

Click the Analyze Results button to go to the Analyze Results page to analyze the field data from your search. This feature allows you to extract data values from a selected field. The product then produces a report showing the values in ranked order.


Search within Results for ...

To filter or reduce results on the Results page, enter a Topic query in the Search within Results text box, and then click Search. This search returns only those records in the original set that contain the topic term(s) you enter. The search terms may appear in any order within a retrieved record.

To search for an exact phrase within the results, enclose the phrase in quotation marks.

All searches are added to the Search History table.


Create Alert / RSS Button

Click this button if you want to save your search as a Saved Searches alert. The product takes you to the Save Search History dialog where you can save the selected records as a search history, create an e-mail alert, and create an RSS feed.

You must be a registered user and you must sign in to save your results as a search history.

Your institution must have a subscription to alerting to save a search history as an alert -- otherwise, the button does not display. Check with your System Administrator to see if your institution subscribes to alerting.

See Save Search History for more information.


Displays the total number of times a published work was cited by other works.

Click the link to go to a Citing Articles page to view a Times Cited Counts table that shows the number of times the record has been cited from each of the citation indexes in Web of Science.

Remember that access to records is limited to your institution's subscription.


Output Records

Options to output records are available from the Results, Full Record, and Marked List pages.

  1. Select each record to include in the output.

  2. Select the data to view in the record output.

  3. Select an output option, such as:

  • Print
  • E-mail
  • Save to Endnote online
  • Save to EndNote desktop
  • Save to ResearcherID - I wrote these publications
  • Save to FECYT CVN
  • Save to InCites
  • Save to Other File Formats
  • Save to RefWorks

See also Output Records


Add to Marked List

Add records to your Marked List where you can later print, save, e-mail, order, or export from the Marked List page.

  1. Select each record that you want to add to your Marked List.

  2. Click the Add to Marked List button.

  3. Click the Marked List link in the menu bar at the top of the page to go to the Marked List page.

See also Marking Records


Save to ResearcherID - I Wrote These Publications

This feature allows you (or an authorized administrator) to add your published works to your publication list in ResearcherID. Use this feature if you see records that you wish to claim as your works.

  1. Select the record(s) that you want to include in your publication list in ResearcherID.

  2. Select  Save to ResearcherID - I Wrote These Publications to open a dialog box that displays a message asking you to certify that you are the author (or a designated proxy) of the selected document(s).

  3. One of the following will occur:

  • If you are currently signed in, the system takes you to a processing overlay and adds the selected record(s) to your publication list.

  • If you are not signed in, click the Sign in to ResearcherID link. Enter your credentials, and then press Continue. The system sends you to a processing overlay and adds the selected record(s) to your publication list.

  • If you are not a registered member of ResearcherID, click the Register with ResearcherID link. Enter a valid e-mail address and then press Continue to complete the process.


Designating Administrator Access

An administrator is an individual with a ResearcherID account who is associated with an organization or institution. The designated person can perform administrative activities within ResearcherID and utilize the ResearcherID upload web service. An administrator may be granted proxy access to the ResearcherID accounts of other researchers at your institution in order to manage and update their accounts.

For information on how to become an administrator for ResearcherID, refer to the FAQ How Do I get Access to Researcher ID Upload.


Sort Options

There are a variety of ways in which you can sort and view the results of your search from the Results page. Go to the Sort By menu to select another sort option.

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About Sort Options

Records are normally sorted by Publication Date -- Newest to Oldest, the default sort. However, you can always change a sort option.


EN Icon

A red EN icon indicates the record has been saved to your EndNote online library. Click the icon to go to your library.

This icon only appears if you have signed in and if the record is already in your EndNote library.

See also EndNote