Searching the Cited Author Field

Use the following guidelines when performing a Cited Author search.

  • Enter the name of the first author of a multi-authored article, book, data study or patent. Cited references from older articles or articles that do not have matching source records may only include the name of the first author.

  • You may enter the name of a secondary author. The name of a secondary author is preceded by ellipses (...) in the index.

  • Enter a last name with a space and at least one initial. Always use a wildcard (* $ ?) after the intial(s) to find all variants of an author's name. For example, Lee FN*

  • You may enter multiple names separated by a Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT).

  • Cited authors include corporate authors and inventors.


Guidelines for Entering Names


Enter the family name of the cited author. If you retrieve too many references, try entering the name followed by one initial or the name followed by a given name.

  • Enter Chen J* to look up cited authors with the last name Chen and the first initial J .

  • Enter Chen Jianxin to look up cited authors with the family name Chen and the given name Jianxin.



Use upper, lower, or mixed case. For example, CRICK, Crick, or crick finds the same results.



Use the asterisk (*) wildcard to represent any number of characters. For example, Aglitsk* matches Aglitskaya, Aglitski, Aglitskii, Aglitskiy.

Use the question mark (?) to represent one character. For example, Bens?n matches Bensen and Benson.


Boolean Search Operators

Separate two or more names by the OR Boolean operator. For example: Enter Chen A* OR Li C* to look up cited references with Chen A or Li C as cited author. 


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