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Sort Options

Sort options are available from the Results page and from other pages such as the Citing Articles page and the Marked List page.

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Publication Date -- newest to oldest

Sorts records in descending order based on the date given on the cover of the journal with the newest records listed first.

The secondary sort is based on the processing date, which refers to the date on which the records were entered in the product database, and not necessarily when the journal was actually published.

The tertiary sort is based on the source title.

Publication Date -- oldest to newest

Sorts records in ascending order based on the date given on the cover of the journal with the oldest records listed first.

The secondary sort is based on the processing date, which refers to the date on which the records were entered in the product database, and not necessarily when the journal was actually published.

The tertiary sort is based on the source title.

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Processing Date - Newest to Oldest

Sorts records based on the date when the records were entered in the product database (newest to oldest) and not necessarily when the journal was published.

The secondary sort option is based on the cover date (newest to oldest publication year) of the journal in which the journals are sorted in chronological order with the newest records listed first.

The tertiary sort is based on the source title.

Processing Date - Oldest to Newest

Sorts records based on the date when the records were entered in the product database (oldest to newest).

The secondary sort option is based on the cover date (oldest to newest publication year) of the journal in which the journals are sorted in reverse chronological order with the oldest records listed first.

The tertiary sort is based on the source title.

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Times Cited -- highest to lowest

Sorts records in descending order based on the highest number of times the work was cited in other works. More about Times Cited?

Did You Know ... You must have a subscription to one of the following citation databases to sort records by Times Cited.

  • Web of Science
  • BIOSIS Citation Index
  • Chinese Science Citation Database
  • Data Citation Index

Times Cited -- lowest to highest

Sorts retrieved records in ascending order based on the lowest number of times the work was cited in other works.

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Relevance

Sorts records in descending order based on a ranking system that considers how many of the search terms are found in each record. Records with the highest ranking appear at the top of the list.

Relevance ordering for source records takes into account the following fields.

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Keywords Plus® (Web of Science and Current Contents Connect only)

The Title and Keywords fields are weighted slightly more than the Abstract and Keywords Plus fields.

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First Author -- A to Z

Sorts records in ascending alphabetical order based on the last name of the first listed author.

The secondary sort option is based on the cover date (newest to oldest publication year) of the journal in which the journals are sorted in chronological order with the newest records listed first.

The tertiary sort is based on the source title.

First Author -- Z to A

Sorts records in descending alphabetical order based on the last name of the first listed author.

The secondary sort option is based on the cover date (oldest to newest publication year) of the journal in which the journals are sorted in reverse chronological order with the newest records listed first.

The tertiary sort is based on the source title.

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Source Title -- A to Z

Sorts records in ascending alphabetical order based on the name of the source publication.

Source Title -- Z to A

Sorts records in descending alphabetical order based on the name of the source publication.

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Conference Title -- A to Z

Sorts records in ascending alphabetical order based on the title of the conference.

Conference Title -- Z to A

Sorts records in descending alphabetical order based on the title of the conference.

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Search Tip

When selecting a sort option, keep in mind the timespan that you selected from the Search page. For example, if you restrict the timespan to Latest 2 weeks, the product sorts all items (both new and old articles) that were processed and added to the database during the latest 2 weeks.

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About Sort Options

The sort option selected on a Search page is shared among all search pages. For example, if you change the sort option on the Search page, the product automatically changes the sort option on the Advanced Search page. When you run a search, the product uses the selected sort option as the default setting.

Note that you can always change the sort option from any Results page. If you do change the sort option for a particular search query listed on the Search History page, the product retains the selected sort setting the next time you access those results. For example, if you change the sort option from a Results page to First Author - A to Z, the next time you access the results, the product sorts the records by First Author - A to Z. Other search queries on the Search History page, however, are not sorted by First Author - A to Z. Those queries, when viewed from the Results page, continue to use the default sort option.