Author SearchBETA

Author Search BETA helps you identify and retrieve all documents by a particular author. By focusing on what you know about the researcher, Author Search helps separate documents by different authors with the same name. The improved author search allows you to submit feedback on publication records, and allows authors to claim and curate their author records.

In the appropriate fields, find an author by typing their last name followed by their first name. You can include a hyphen, a space, or an apostrophe in the Last Name field. For example:

  • Wilson SE
  • O'Grady AP
  • Ruiz-Gomez M 
  • De La Rosa JM
  • Van der Waals JE

Beta Version Limitations

There are some limitations to the Author Search BETA:

  • Saving search histories.
  • In some cases, responses to feedback on and corrections to author records may take longer than expected.

Searching for an Author Record

An author record is a record of publications and citation metrics of an individual researcher. Any author with a paper indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection has an author record.

  1. Enter the last name of the researcher in the Last Name field.
  2. Type the author's first name in the First Name field.
  3. Click Include alternative name to add rows to search for known variations of the author's name.This improves and expands your search results.

For example, in the first row, you may type Maparyan, Layli and in the second row, Phillips, Layli. The system finds all published articles using these two name variations. You also may need to use Include alternative names If you have only published using your initials instead of your full name (e.g., L. Maparyan instead of Layli Maparyan)

Author Search Results Summary

When you open an author record, all documents in the Web of Science Core Collection written by the author appear on the list of publications.

It’s important to associate documents found in the Web of Science Core Collection with the correct authors to improve author data across the platform. If you’re listed as the author on the record, you can claim the record. Alternatively, if you’re not the author and you notice documents the author didn’t write, you can suggest a correction.

View as a Set of Results

Clicking View as a set of results to export, analyze, and link to full text, opens a new page. From here, you can select multiple documents and:

  • export them to any of the following:
    • EndNote Desktop
    • EndNote Online
    • Other File Formats
    • Claim on Publons – Track Citations
    • InCites
    • RefWorks
    • Print
    • Email
    • Fast 5K
  • add them to your marked list
  • analyze the results
  • create a citation report

Claiming an Author Record

Use Claim this record to claim publications you authored in the Web of Science Core Collection. This is important, because it ensures your author record only lists publications authored by you. This also allows you to manage your presence within the Web of Science using a Web of Science ResearcherID.

Once you claim an author record, no one else can claim or correct it; you are the only person who can update it through your profile on Publons. You can also link your ORCID to your Publons profile to help better manage your researcher record.

Steps for Claiming an Author Record

  1. Search for your publications using any of the name variations used for your published work. For example, J Smith, John Smith, J.B. Smith.
  2. Select any records you published and click View as combined record.
  3. Click Claim this record.

The page will redirect to the Publons site where you can sign in or create an account.

  1. Select the publications you authored and click Import Publications to include all publications you authored that exist in the Web of Science Core Collection to your Publons profile, and to create a Web of Science ResearcherID.
  2. After a short time, your Web of Science author record will display Claimed by the author instead of Claim this record.

Correcting an Author Record

Author Search uses an intelligent algorithm to determine which publications likely belong to the same author. Sometimes, you may notice publications associated with the wrong author record, in which case, even if you are not the author, you can submit corrections to the record. This improves the accuracy of author records across the Web of Science.

Your correction(s) is received by a team of editors to review. Expect an email notifying you that our team received your correction(s), and another email when our editorial team makes a decision about the correction(s). If the correction(s) is accepted, they will make changes to the Web of Science author record.

Author records can be corrected multiple times and claimed by the author.

Steps for Correcting an Author Record

  1. Open an author record or select multiple records in a combined view and click Correct the record

If you are not already signed into Web of Science, you are taken to a sign-in page.

  1. Click the X next to the publication titles that don't belong to the author. On the left-hand side, notice the total number of removed and included papers.
  2. Click Remove Publications by Author Name or Journal to show a filtered view of the publications and remove all selected items.
  3. Click Submit Updates.
  4. Complete the submission form and submit your updates.


Search Rules
  • Enter the complete last name in the Last Name field. Do not enter partial last names with wildcards (* ? $), because the search engine may return unpredictable results.


  • Last names containing a space can be searched with and without the space. For example, De La Rosa J finds De La Rosa J and DeLaRosa J. However, it is always best to search for multiple author name variants.


  • Some last names that contain spaces cannot be searched as one word. For example, Fuchs Charles S returns a list of records, but FuchsCharles S does not.


Important Notes:

The system returns an error message if you enter a Boolean in the Last Name / First Name field without using quotation marks. For example, "OR" returns results but OR returns an error message.

This rules only applies to the Last Name / First Name field -- it does not apply to the Initials field. For example, entering Smith (last name) and OR (initials) is a valid search query.


About Author Names

Different authors may be represented by the same name in the product database. For example, Richard J. Johnson and Robert J. Johnson may appear as Johnson RJ.

Conversely, the same author may be represented by different names, particularly if he or she has a long publication history. For example, Barbara Demmig-Adams is indexed as:

Demmig-Adams, B
DemmigAdams, B
Demmig-Adams, Barbara