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Web of Science contains the names of all authors associated with a source document such as:

  • Journal articles
  • Proceedings papers
  • Letters
  • Meeting abstracts
  • And more ...

Enter the name of an author to search the Author(s) field within a record. Enter complete names or partial names using wildcards (* ? $).

When searching the Author field for records, be aware that the system displays author names in various fields within a record.

  • Journal author names appear in the Author(s) field within a record.

  • Book author names appear in the Book Author(s) field within a record.

  • Institutional author names appear in the Group Author(s) field within a record.

Searching for Authors Using Analyze Results New Search Tip!

To narrow your search to authors of specific types of published papers (for example, nature journal articles or nature conference proceedings), use the Analyze Results function.

  1. From the Results page, click the Analyze Results link that appears under the Sort menu.

  2. From the Analyze Results page, rank the records by the Source Title field.

  3. Go through the list and select records to view or select records to exclude.

  4. Go to the Results page to analyze your results.

Guidelines for Entering Author Names


Enter the last name first, followed by a space and up to five initials. You may also enter last names without initials. For example:

  • Driscoll C* finds Driscoll C, Driscoll CF, Driscoll CM, Driscoll CMH, and so on.

  • Driscoll CM* finds Driscoll CM and Driscoll CMH.

  • Driscoll finds all authors with the last name Driscoll.

Note You may see two versions of an author name in Full Records of articles published in 2006 and later. One is the last name followed by initials. The other in parentheses is the full name. Be aware that you must still search for an author by last name and initials. First names are not searchable.


Use upper, lower, or mixed case. For example, Lee (or lee) is the same as LEE.


Enter a last name followed by an asterisk (*) to find all authors with that name. For example:

  • Parkins * finds Parkins A, Parkins AS, Parkins E, Parkins EJ, and so on.

  • Parkins finds the same names. It may also find additional records where Parkins appears without any initials.

Use the question mark (?) or dollar sign ($) to search for variations on a name. For example:

  • Bens?n finds Bensen and Benson.

  • Barthold$ finds Barthold, Bartholdi, and Bartholdy.

  • Hof$man$ finds Hofman, Hofmann, Hoffman, and Hoffmann.

Boolean Search Operators

Separate two or more names by the search operators AND, OR, and NOT. For example:

  • Herlert A* AND Vogel M* finds records of articles authored by both Herlert A and Vogel M.

  • Herlert A* OR Vogel M* finds records of articles authored by either Herlert A or Vogel M (or both Herlert A and Vogel M).

  • Herlert A* NOT Vogel M* finds records in which Herlert A appears but not Vogel M.


Search for surnames containing particles with and without a space after the particle. Example: de Bruyn A* OR deBruyn A*


Last names containing an apostrophe should be searched with and without the apostrophe. For example, Paget's OR Pagets finds records containing Paget's and Pagets.

Note Beginning with 1998 data, non-alphanumeric characters (for example, the apostrophe in O'Brian) and embedded spaces (for example, the spaces in the last name de la Rosa) are preserved in many fields in the database. To search effectively across multiple years of data, ensure that you enter search strings that take account of all possible variations of the data.

Diacritical Marks

Diacritical marks are not searchable. Search for variants of names that contain diacritical marks in the original.

The name Schröder may appear in the database as Schroder or Schroeder. Search for both variants. Example: Schroder OR Schroeder

Asian Names

Asian names appear in the database exactly as they do in the source document. It is advisable to search for all variations on Asian names. Example: Zhuang J OR Zhang J OR Jun Z

Author Finder

Use Author Finder to find variants of the same author name or to distinguish one author from another by field of research and/or address.

You access Author Finder by clicking the Author Finder link that appears under the Author field.

Author Index

Use the author index to access a list of author names that you can add to your query. Using the Author Index allows you to select the correct spelling or variant spellings of a name.

Searching for Journal Authors
New Search Tip!

To restrict your search to authors of journal articles, deselect the two Conference Proceedings citation indexes.

Searching for Proceedings Authors
New Search Tip!

To restrict your search to authors of conference papers, deselect the Science, Social Sciences, and Arts citation indexes.

Search Tips

  • To search for anonymous authors, enter anon in the Author field.

  • To search on the name AND, OR, NOT, and SAME, enclose the name in quotation marks. Example: "Or"

Author Names 1964-1975

When you view the Full Record of articles in data years 1964-1975, you will see that surnames containing more than eight characters have been truncated. For example, the name Wilkinson, PN appears as WILKINSO.PN. When you search, enter the full surname of the author. The search engine automatically adjusts for data variations. See Author Names for more information.

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