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What do we mean when we say publication tracking? In this context, publication tracking refers to the process of searching for and compiling publications from a specific author, group of authors, or institution. Alternative names for publication tracking include author searching, publication counts, or publication outputs.
Before you begin your publication tracking search, there are a few important considerations you will want to make. On this page you will find information on:
For author searches, consider:
Name ambiguity refers to the use of inconsistent naming conventions for a single author or entity.
For example, the author, John Doe, can be referred to as J Doe or as JE Doe, depending on what name they chose to use when they published their manuscript. Or John Doe could have changed their last name at one point in their career, and can consequently have used more than one name in their publications.
Name ambiguity can also affect entities. For example, the University of Wisconsin-Madison can be referred to as UW-Madison, University of Wisconsin, etc., and departments may be referred to differently or may not be included at all in within an author's affiliation.
This is why it is important to try to account for different names and/or include author IDs in your search strategy.
The information you will need for your search will depend on how thorough you would like your search to be. Below is the information you may need for author searches and institution or department searches.
Basic, moderate, and high indicate how precise your search is projected to be with the addition of the specified information.
Institution or Department Searches
The Ebling Library provides education, training, and consultation services in tracking the publications of researchers, units, and/or departments.
Projects for publication tracking (such as conducting searches and providing citation management support for publication tracking) are accepted on a case-by-case basis, and are dependent on librarian availability. Researchers, units, or departments requesting services are responsible for locating and compiling identifying information for groups of authors (such as affiliation or middle initials), reviewing retrieved publications, and any analyses of results from publication tracking.
For additional information, contact Paije Wilson (email@example.com) or Trisha Adamus (firstname.lastname@example.org).