This page displays the results of your search in an abbreviated record format. The left-hand column of the page contains the search statement that retrieved the results along with the number of results that the search retrieved. Click the More link to view the selected time span and any selected data restrictions such as document types and languages.

All bibliographic records that appear on the Results page are source records. Source records are from items (journals, books, conferences, and patents) that we have indexed in a product. Every source record has a Full Record that you can access. Moreover, you can add every source record to your Marked List.


For information about managing links, go to Managing Links.


Open Access

Open access status is provided across the Web of Science platform as a result of a partnership with ImpactStory, a not-for-profit organization that recently launched oaDOI, a knowledgebase of Open Access (OA) content. This knowledgebase makes it possible to discover and link to legal Gold (journal level), Hybrid Gold (open content in an otherwise paywalled journal), and Green (author self-archived) OA content. This partnership improves discoverability and access to article-level OA content by not only adding more links to OA content, but also by prioritizing the links to the best version of OA content when multiple versions of an article are available.

The OA status of a document can be one of the following:.

  • Gold: A freely accessible final version of an article. Consult the copyright owner for any re-use or licensing requests. Articles are located at a publisher website in one of the following:
    • A journal that publishes only open access articles.
    • A journal that allows individual authors to pay an article-processing charge for their research to be open access in an otherwise subscription-based journal.
    • A journal that allows archival content to be open access after a period of time. 
  • Green: A freely accessible version of an article located in a subject-based repository such as PubMed Central or in an institutional repository. This version of the article may vary from a peer-reviewed accepted manuscript to the final published version based on the journal’s policies. Because the accepted manuscript may vary from the final published version, they are labelled distinctly as Green Accepted and Green Published respectively.
  • No: Only subscribers may access the full-text of the article.

A key advantage of the partnership with oaDOI is the ability to prioritize the open access links so the user sees the version of record at the publisher’s site first, followed by the final version at a repository, and then the accepted manuscript at the repository last. Only one open access link is provided.

The OA status allows researchers to find more full-text articles by clicking on the following links:

  • Free Full Text from Publisher (Gold)
  • Free Published Article from Repository (Green Published)
  • Free Accepted Article from Repository (Green Accepted)
  • Full Text from Publisher (may require a payment)

Users may refine search results to identify these open access articles to ensure they can read the articles regardless of their library’s holdings.

These values are also available for export as part of the full record.


Web of Science Records

Only records in your product subscription will appear in the results set. For example, if you have a subscription to Web of Science Core Collection, then you will see records from this product. However, you will not see records from other products such as BIOSIS Citation Index.

In general, a source record that appears in more than one product database will only appear once on the Results page. However, you may see duplicate records for the same source item if the record has:

  • An anonymous author
  • A different first author
  • A patent number whose format varies from product to product


All Databases Full Records

Click the title link of any record to view the Full Record. At the top of the Full Record page, the system will identify the product from where the record originates. For example:

Record from Web of Science Core Collection

If your institution subscribes to multiple products, such as Web of Science Core and BIOSIS Citation Index, then the name of the product that has precedence within your subscription service will appear at the top of the Full Record.

However, you can view the article of the same title in another database if you have a subscription to the database. Go to the Additional Information section in the right-hand column, and then click the product's link. In many instances, you may find different field information in that product.


What is a One-Click Search?

For linked names and terms that appear in a Full Record, click the link to retrieve all records in the product (within the selected timespan) that contain the selected author or term. The new set of results is automatically added to your Search History.


Refine Results Panel

Select one or more check boxes to limit results to records that match the selected criteria. For example, if you select a publication year and a research area, you will generate a subset of the results list consisting of of items that 1) were published in the specified year and 2) belong to the selected research area.

Note that all of the criteria except ESI Top Papers and Open Access are bibliographic record fields. For example, Countries/Territories refers to countries or territories in author addresses, not to countries or territories where research studies were conducted.


More Options / Values ... Link

Click the More Options / Values link within a category to display the first 100 items in that category.


You can further refine the results, exclude specific records, or sort records by record count or in alphabetical order.

  • To refine specific results, select the check box of each item on the list, and then click the Refine button to view only those results.

  • To exclude specific records, select the check box of each item on the list, and then click the Exclude button to remove those records from the results.


Research Domains (Scope Notes)

For more information about the research domains in the Refine Results feature, see our list of scope notes.


Search within Results for ...

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 returns 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.

All searches are added to the Search History table.


Create Citation Report

This function is available to customers who subscribe to one or more of the following products:

  • All Databases
  • Web of Science Core Collection
  • BIOSIS Citation Index
  • Chinese Science Citation Database
  • Russian Science Citation Index
  • SciELO Citation Index

The Create Citation Report link takes you to the Citation Report page where you can view aggregate citation statistics for the current set of records.

Note that the link does not display for searches that contain more than 10,000 records.


Why are English-language Records Retrieved when I Search in Chinese?

Sometimes an English record will appear on the Results page after you perform an All Databases search and your query is in Chinese. This occurs because the English record comes from a product database that has a higher precedence than the same record from the Chinese Science Citation Database.

For example, you perform an All Databases search entering Chinese characters for the journal title. The search returns an English record from Web of Science Core Collection instead of retrieving the same record from the CSCD database. Why? Because the record from Web of Science Core has a higher precedence than the record from the Chinese Science Citation Database.

If you wish to view the same record from the Chinese Science Citation Database:

  1. Click the title of record that appears in the Results list to go to the Full Record page.

  2. Click the View Citation Data link that appears in the right-hand column under the "View this record in other databases" heading. 

  3. The product takes you from the Full Record in Web of Science Core to the same record in the Chinese Science Citation Database where you can view the record in both Chinese and English.


Displays the total number of times a published work was cited by other works.

Click the link to go to a Citing Articles page to view a Times Cited Counts table that shows the number of times the record has been cited from each of the citation indexes in Web of Science.

Remember that access to records is limited to your institution's subscription.


Output Records

Options to output records are available from the Results, Full Record, and Marked List pages.

  1. Select each record to include in the output.

  2. Select the data to view in the record output.

  3. Select an output option, such as:

  • Print
  • E-mail
  • Save to Endnote online
  • Save to EndNote desktop
  • Save to ResearcherID - I wrote these publications
  • Save to FECYT CVN
  • Save to InCites
  • Save to Other File Formats
  • Save to RefWorks

See also Output Records


Add to Marked List

Add records to your Marked List where you can later print, save, e-mail, order, or export from the Marked List page.

  1. Select each record that you want to add to your Marked List.

  2. Click the Add to Marked List button.

  3. Click the Marked List link in the menu bar at the top of the page to go to the Marked List page.

See also Marking Records


Creating Customized Citation Reports

You can create a customized Citation Report by adding records to your Marked List from the Results and Full Record pages. From the Marked List page, click the Create Citation Report link to go to the Citation Report page where you can view aggregate citation statistics for the current set of marked records.


Save to ResearcherID - I Wrote These Publications

This feature allows you (or an authorized administrator) to add your published works to your publication list in ResearcherID. Use this feature if you see records 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. Select  Save to ResearcherID - I Wrote These Publications to open a dialog box that displays a message asking you to certify that you are the author (or a designated proxy) of the selected document(s).

  3. One of the following will occur:

  • If you are currently signed in, the system takes you to a processing overlay and adds the selected record(s) to your publication list.

  • If you are not signed in, click the Sign in to ResearcherID link. Enter your credentials, and then press Continue. The system sends you to a processing overlay and adds the selected record(s) to your publication list.

  • If you are not a registered member of ResearcherID, click the Register with ResearcherID link. Enter a valid e-mail address and then press Continue to complete the process.


Designating Administrator Access

An administrator is an individual with a ResearcherID account who is associated with an organization or institution. The designated person can perform administrative activities within ResearcherID and utilize the ResearcherID upload web service. An administrator may be granted proxy access to the ResearcherID accounts of other researchers at your institution in order to manage and update their accounts.

For information on how to become an administrator for ResearcherID, refer to the FAQ How Do I get Access to Researcher ID Upload.


Sort Options

There are a variety of ways in which you can sort and view the results of your search from the Results page. Go to the Sort By menu to select another sort option.

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About Sort Options

Records are normally sorted by Publication Date -- Newest to Oldest, the default sort. However, you can always change a sort option.


EN Icon

A red EN icon indicates the record has been saved to your EndNote online library. Click the icon to go to your library.

This icon only appears if you have signed in and if the record is already in your EndNote library.

See also EndNote


About Document Types

The All Databases function allows you to refine your results by Document Types. To view a list of comman document types, click this Documents Types.