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Q. Searching for OHSU author publications?

Hello, my department would like to track publications by our researchers. I am curious if there is an easy way to do this other than PubMed search for each person one at a time?

Answered By: Marijane White
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2022     Views: 67

There are two ways to do this.  One is quick and easy, but doesn't allow you to export data.  The other is more involved but can potentially provide more granular date filters and can allow export of bibliographic data into a variety of tools.

The quick and easy way is to look for your research unit at the OHSU Experts Portal. The organizational data in OHSU Experts comes from HR. You can browse departments by people, grants, and publications, and explore network and topic analyses.

The more involved method is to create a Scopus Author List.  You will have to search for everyone one at a time to get started, but then the list of authors is saved so you don't have to do it every time you want to see what's going on with your department's publications.  Scopus is also preferable to PubMed for this purpose because it is considered the "database of record" for OHSU publications -- not everything we publish ends up in PubMed.

Here's how:

  1. Visit the Scopus database (also accessible from the front page of the Library's website)
  2. Create a Scopus account if you don't already have one -- this is required in order to create things like lists and saved searches
  3. On the search page, select the Authors search (the default is Documents) and search for each author in your department by name
    • For people with very common names, you may want to include an affiliation in the search.
      'oregon health science' is a good affiliation search string for OHSU members, it's just enough to filter out the Oregon Health Authority but not so much that it misses alternate forms of the name.
    • Some authors may have multiple Scopus Author Profiles, because they are generated automatically from the publications Scopus ingests. When you find more than one profile for the same person, you can make a request to merge the profiles.  Select each profile and click the Request to merge authors link at the top of the Author search results, and complete the Author Feedback Wizard.  Anyone can request a profile merge on behalf of anyone else and the wizard will ask if you're asking to merge your own profile or someone else's.  Profiles get merged within a few business days, and your Author List will be automatically updated if you saved both profiles to it.
  4. Check the box next to the author you want to save, and then click Save to author list.  You will be prompted to either choose an existing list or create a new one.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for each author you wish to keep track of.

To access the list and view all the publications in your new Author List:

  1. Click on the Lists link at the top of the Scopus interface
  2. Select the Authors tab
  3. Click on the name of the list to see all the authors
  4. Select the All checkbox at the top of the list (this selects all of the authors in the list by default)
  5. Click Show documents to see all the authors' publications.  This launches standard Scopus document search, so you can filter to specific years, publications, etc. 
    You can also export the search results for use in a reference manager like EndNote, into Elsevier's research performance analysis tool called SciVal, or in formats for use in citation analysis software tools like VOSViewer.
  6. The Analyze Search Results link at the top of the documents list will take you to some potentially interesting graphs about your department's publications.
  7. You can export Scopus search results for use in spreadsheets, citation managers, bibliographic analysis tools, and analysis in SciVal.

If you would like to get assistance with this or with analysis of your department's research impact, feel free to book a Research Impact appointment with our Data & Research Engagement Librarian!

Comments (1)

  1. This FAQ was updated on 25 Jan 2022 to add information about the OHSU Experts portal.
    by Marijane White on Jan 25, 2022

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