Distinct Author Record Sets Table

This page lists record sets likely written by the author identified at the top of the page. Sets are computationally grouped together using a proprietary algorithm called the Distinct Author Identification System, which combines a number of data points such as author names, institution names, and citing and cited author relationships.


Scan the table of author names to find the records sets containing articles likely writtne by the author whose name appears at the top of the page. Author names are presented in descending order by the number of publications in the set.

If you see two or more sets of records, then you may claim them to create fewer record sets. You can claim multiple record sets by clicking the I Wrote These Publications button.

To view the records in one or more record sets, select the check box of each set, and then click the View Records button. The system takes you to the Distinct Author Summary page.


Distinct Author Record Sets Fields



The record sets are listed in order of size. The set with the largest number of papers (records) is at the top of the list.


Author Names

You may see two author names or more in this column. These are variations of the same name with one, two, or three initials (for example, Marshall B, Marshall BA, and Marshall BAJ).

Papers in a set are most likely authored by the same person who published under these names. You may also see an alias or someone's maiden name if the author published articles under that name.

Note: Records of articles that are written anonymously, under a pseudonym, or under a pen name may not be found and processed by the system. Therefore, they may not appear in the Distinct Author Record Sets table.



The number in this column is the number of articles in a particular set across all of Web of Science. It may not represent the total number of articles published by the author.

To view one or more sets, select the check box of each set, and then click the View Records button.

If you select two or more sets and the total number of records is greater than 5,000, the system displays an error message. Deselect some sets and try again.

Note: The number in the Records column may change as the Distinct Author Identification System is refined and new articles are added to Web of Science.


A Sampling of Publications by this Author

This column lists the last three titles in the record set. They are sorted by Publication Date. Use the list to help select the set(s) you want to view.

Note: For single records, a single article title is represented.


Last Known Organization

This column generally displays the last known institution name (captured in Web of Science) associated with an author's record set.

  • The institution name displays in this column for journals added to the database after 2007 with a known author address.

  • The term "Undetermined" displays in this column for journals added to the database before 2007 when organization names were not associated with authors.


Research Areas

This column displays the top five research areas associated with the current author.

See Research Areas for a complete list Research Areas in the product.


Publication Years

The year span indicates the earliest and latest publication year in the set. That is, the years from which the records in the set are published. It does not necessarily indicate a continuous span. For example, a set whose publication years were 1999-2006 may contain papers from 1999, 2002, and 2006.

Note: For single records in a set, a single year is represented.


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 to search for author names.

Alternatively, you can access Distinct Author Record Sets by performing an Author search from the General or Advanced Search pages. 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 name that appears to the right of the View Distinct Author Record Sets label 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 the Author field on the Search or Advanced Search pages.


About Author Search

Use the Author Search function as a tool to narrow your search to works that you wrote rather than as a definitive list of works by another author.

If you see two or more record sets, then you may claim them to create fewer record sets. You can claim multiple record sets by clicking the I Wrote These Publications button.

Coverage includes records from 1900 up to the latest update to the Web of Science database and the ResearcherID "My Publication" records list. Records of new articles are only available after we enter them in the database.


I Wrote These Publications Button

This feature allows you to add your published works to your ResearcherID publications list. Use this feature if you see records in the product 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. Click the I Wrote These Publications button. A dialog displays a message asking you to certify that you are the author of the selected document(s).

  3. Click OK.

For more detailed information about each step in the process, go to the ResearcherID Help topic.


Subscription Information

The Distinct Author Record Sets table displays the full depth of years available in Web of Science. The results that are viewable to your institution are based on the depth and editions in your subscription.

For example, if your subscription depth is 10 years, then the number of retrieved results is based on this depth even though a particular author may have published articles more than 10 years ago. In some cases, you may select a reocord set and see fewer papers than expected. In other cases, you may get zero results. In either case, this is because some records in a set (or all records) are outside your subscription range.

See your Librarian for more information about your product subscription.


Updates to Distinct Author Record Sets

The Distinct Author Identification System is updated on a weekly basis as new records and author feedback from ResearcherID comes into Web of Science.