Distinct Author Summary

This page displays the total number of record sets that you selected from the Distinct Author Record Sets table. The number in the Results field should match the total number of records that appear in the Records column for all selected sets.

Be aware that the number of records returned for a set will be less than the number of records in the set if your product subscription is not for the full database and timespan.

Did You Know ... You can also access this page by performing a one-click author search from a Full Record page. If the record is part of a set, then the system displays the Distinct Author Summary page (not the familiar Results page)?


This Help page includes information about the following topics.


If you go to the Full Record of one of the records that you selected from the Distinct Author Summary page, and perform a one-click search on the author name, the system returns you to the Distinct Author Summary page and the following links appear.

  • View all Author sets for [author name] - Click the link to perform a one-click search in which the system takes you to the Distinct Author Sets table and retrieves all author sets associated with the author name that appears at the top of the page.

  • View the articles authored by [author name] - Click the link to perform a one-click search in which the system takes you to the traditional Results page and retrieves all articles associated with the author name that appears at the top of the page


Refine Results Panel

You can narrow the results of your search by using any of the Refine Results options such as:

  • Web of Science Categories
  • Research Areas
  • Authors
  • Publication Years
  • Source Titles
  • And more ...

Select one or more check boxes, and then click Refine to display records of articles within the selected results. The most frequently occurring items appear at the top of the list.


More Options / Values ... Link

Click the More Options / Values link within a category to display the first 100 items in that category. For example, if you click the More Options link under Source Titles, the system displays the first 100 titles sorted by record count.


You can further refine the results by selecting another category from the Refine Results panel, and then selecting check boxes of each item in that category.


Search within Results

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 will return 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. For example, the query "South America" will only retrieve records that contain this exact phrase.

All searches are added to the Search History table. This feature allows you to save your results to a search history file, and then continue your research at a future time.


Conference Proceedings Information

If the product finds records of conference proceedings, it will display the conference title, date, and location in the Conference Information field below the Author(s) field.

In the Source field, the system displays the title of the conference publication followed by the book series title (if available), volume number, page range, and publication date.

You must have a subscription to one or both Conference Proceedings citation indexes to search for and to view conference records.


Create Citation Report

The Create Citation Report link appears under the Sort by menu. Click the link to go to the Citation Report page where you can view aggregate citation statistics for the current set of marked records. You can add records to your Marked List from the Results and Full Record pages.

Did You Know ... This link does not display for searches that contain more than 10,000 articles. If your search retrieves more than 10,000 records, then the following message displays: Citation Report Not Available [?]


Citation Report Not Available [?]

The Citation Report feature is not available from a search containing more than 10,000 records. If your search results exceed this limit, then you will see the following message.

Citation Report feature not available [?]

Thomson Reuters recommends that you revise your search query to restrict the number of results. For example, use the Refine Results feature to limit the number of results to specific research areas, source titles, publication years, document types, etc.

You can also return to the Search page and enter new search terms and/or limit your timespan to a single year or a range of year.

Once the number of results fall under 10,000 records, click the Citation Report link to generate a citation report for the results set. The system takes you to the Citation Report page where you can view citation statistics for the results set retrieved by the product.


About the Data

The Distinct Author Identification System uses citation data to create sets of articles likely written by a particular author.


Did You Know ...

There is a high probability that all articles in a set are authored by the same person. By contrast, a search by author name from the Search page may return articles that are written by different authors who happen to have the same name.


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.


Available Options

Visit the Results Help page for information about:

  • Refine Results
  • Search within Results
  • Analyze Results
  • Output Records
  • Marked List
  • Times Cited Count
  • and more ...