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Using the Web of Science: Analysis tools

Searching, quantitatively analysing and keeping up to date using the Web of Science multidisciplinary and international bibliographic database.

Result analysis

The option for analysing the result list allows you to quickly collect essential information such as:

  • How the number of articles published per annum on a given theme is changing.

  • What major journals should be monitored,

  • What research institutes are working on a given topic,

  • Who are the experts in a given field.

The Analyze Results feature is available on all result pages and on the Marked List page. All you need to do is select the analysis criterion (Organizations, Publication Year, etc.), indicate the number of results to be displayed (500 max.) and the minimum number of occurrences (threshold – select 1). Up to 100,000 results can be analysed but only the first 500 will be displayed.

Once you have obtained the results of an analysis, you can:

  • Export the Results file and open it in a spreadsheet program to edit graphs.

  • Select some occurrences and display the corresponding references.

Note: for Organizations, only the data found before the first comma in the Address field will be considered. For example, authors belonging to a given establishment might not use the same wording for the address, e.g. Univ Bretagne Occidentale or Univ Brest Occ or UBO or CHU Brest, etc. In this case, there will be as many occurrences in the list for the organisation as there are variants of its address. You will need to identify all variants in the list of organisations.

In the analysis tool, all the authors of an article are given equal importance when the Authors criterion is selected, irrespective of the order in which their names appear in the article’s signature.

Exporting references or adding them to your Marked List

Query results, or just some references, can be temporarily stored in the Marked List as you run new searches. They can also be printed, saved or exported.

1-Selecting the results:

  • Select the references that you are interested in on the page

  • Or select all the records on the page

2-Choosing what will be done with the data:

  • Send data to the Marked List

  • Print or send by email

  • Save a text file (use the Save to HTML feature for subsequent easy on-screen reading)
  • Export to reference management software (EndNote, EndNote Basic, ProCite, Reference Manager, etc.)

The Marked List and each export can contain up to 500 references.

Sorting your results

You can quickly sort your results according to publication date, journal or conference title... nothing special here.

More interesting is the feature allowing you to sort results based on the highest number of times the work was cited in other works (Sort By / Times Cited- highest to lowest). While this number must not be taken at face value, sorting in this way brings to the forefront (top results) articles that report the state of the art for a given topic (Reviews), those describe methods, etc.

Refining the results

On the left-hand side of the Results page, Refine Results allows you to:

  • Run an unrestricted search within the results,

  • Refine the Results list based on a number of criteria (category, document type, publication year, etc.)

  • Exclude references according to one of these criteria.

All you need to do is open a section and click on more options/values... to display the data to be excluded or to be considered for your refined search. Data can be sorted alphabetically or according to the number of occurrences.

Web of Science Categories include the categories used in WOS. All journals are classified into one or more of these categories. Journal Citation Reports can be used to find out the categories that a given journal belongs to.

All search-refining options involve running a search in the Search history. This makes it easy to combine different refining querie