Searching the Author Field
Enter author names to search the following fields within a record.
Enter the last name first followed by a space and the author's initials.
The system automatically adds the asterisk (*) wildcard when you enter only one initial. So, entering Johnson M is the same as entering Johnson M*.
Enter a wildcard after each initial in an author's name. For example, Johnson M*S* is a valid search query.
Note: You must enter at least two characters before a wildcard when searching a last name: For example: sm*
Guidelines for Searching Names
Use upper, lower, or mixed case. For example, Lee (or lee) is the same as LEE.
Even though the product captures names exactly as they appear in the source publication, you should search for names by using various forms of the name. For example:
Wildcards and Initials
You can enter a wildcard after each initial in an author's name or after the last initial. For example, Johnson M*S* finds records by the following authors.
In this instance, the search engine finds any characters between the M and S characters (Melissa) because a wildcard is used after the M and S characters.
A search on Johnson MS* may return fewer results (or the same number of results) than a search on Johnson M*S*.
A search on Johnson M* S* returns fewer results than Johnson M*S* or Johnson MS* because of the space between the initials and the wildcards.
Boolean Search Operators
Separate two or more names by the AND, OR, or NOT search operators. Last names containing a space should be searched with and without the space to ensure that all relevant records are returned. For example:
Hyphens and Apostrophes
Include hyphens (-) and apostrophes ( ' ) when searching for names containing those marks or replace them with spaces. You will also retrieve variants. For example:
In most name searches, the product returns the same number of records whether you enter a space, a hyphen ( - ), or an apostrophe ( ' ).
A search on the name OBrien may return a different set of results than O'Brien and O Brien. It is advisable that you do not remove the hyphen, the apostrophe, or the space in names that contain these marks.
Note: Beginning with 1998 data, non-alphanumeric characters (for example, the apostrophe in O'Brian) and spaces in surnames (for example, de la Rosa) are preserved in surnames. To effectively search across multiple years, enter surnames that take into account all possible variations of the name.
Search for surnames containing particles with and without a space after the particle to find variants of the name and to increase the number of results that the product returns. For example: de Bruyn A OR deBruyn A
Diacritical marks in an author's name are not searchable. For example, a search on the name Schröder returns an error message.
The name Schröder may appear in the database as Schroder or Schroeder. Search for both variants. Example: Schroder OR Schroeder
Asian names appear in the database exactly as they do in the source document. The name Zhuang Jun may appear in the database as:
Searching for Authors Using Analyze Results
To narrow your search to authors (or inventors) of specific types of published papers (for example, nature articles), use the Analyze Results function.
Accessing Distinct Author Record Sets
If you plan to use the Distinct Author Record Sets feature, then we recommend that you use the Author Search function.
Alternatively, you can access Distinct Author Record Sets by performing an Author search. You must enter a last name and at least one initial. If the system finds record sets, a dotted purple box will appear at the top of the Results page. Click the author's name link to go to the Distinct Author Record Sets page.
Note: Web of Science cannot retrieve clusters of articles authored by the same person if you enter only the last name in an Author search.
About Author / Editor Search Examples
The names that we use in the search examples may or may not exist in your product's database. They are simply names that we use to show how you should format your search queries. For example, you may find some example names in Web of Science Core Collection but not in other product databases.
We recommend that you use the Author Search function to identify and retrieve all the works published by a particular author.
Author Search lets you to design your search based on what you know about an author in order to differentiate authors who have the same name.
Author Search Tip
To restrict the results of your search, combine an Author search with another field such as Topic, Title, or Address.
To search for anonymous authors, enter anonymous in the Author field.
The term Anonymous will appear in the Author(s) field on the Results and Full Record pages.
Author Names (Booleans)
To search on a name that resembles a Boolean (AND, OR, NOT, NEAR, and SAME), enclose the name in quotation marks. Example: "Or"
Searching for Journal Authors
To restrict your search to authors of journal articles, deselect the two Conference and Book citation indexes.
Searching for Proceedings Authors
To restrict your search to authors of conference papers, select only the two conference proceedings citation indexes. Deselect all other citation indexes.
Did You Know ...
Web of Science contains the names of all authors associated with a source document such as:
Author Names 1964-1975
When you view the Full Record of articles from data years 1964-1975, you will see that surnames containing more than eight characters have been truncated.
For example, a search for Wilkinson PN appears in the Full Record as WILKINSO.PN.