Author Search Guide

Search Language

 

AUTHOR Search API supports a Boolean syntax, which is a type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results. For example, a Boolean search could be "heart" AND "brain". This would limit the search results to only those documents containing the two keywords. However, unlike searches against documents, AUTHOR searches are limited to a specific set of fields.

URL encoding

 

The Boolean search is submitted through the query string parameter 'query'. As with all other query string parameters, the contents of the submitted search must be URL-encoded. It should be noted that the '+' character serves a special purpose as a query string value, functioning as an equivalent to the space character (i.e. %20). In order to submit a literal character '+' it must be properly URL-encoded (i.e. %2B).

This search...

must be URL-encoded as:

KEY(mouse AND NOT cat OR dog)

KEY%28mouse+AND+NOT+cat+OR+dog%29

KEY(cat AND dog AND NOT rodent OR mouse)

KEY%28cat+AND+dog+AND+NOT+rodent+OR+mouse%29

Example:

http://api.elsevier.com/content/search/author?query=AFFIL%28university%29

Author Searching

Author search helps you find authors associated with documents written by a specific person, even if the author is cited differently. For example, an author may be cited as Smith, J in one document, but as Smith, John in another.

Author search results include any available author name variations that match your search criteria.

Tip

Author searches only document author fields and not author details. Use the response field prism:url in order to retrieve the Author details.

Author Identification

Many authors have similar names. The Scopus Author Identifier distinguishes between these names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author.

This feature is especially useful for distinguishing between authors who share very common names like Smith or Wang or Lee.

Additionally, author names in Scopus can be formatted differently. For example, the same author could appear in one document as Lewis, M; in another as Lewis, M.J; and in another as Lewis, Michael. Scopus Author Identifier matches the documents of this author and groups these name variants together so that authors, even if cited differently, are identified with their specific papers.

This helps you find and recognize an author, despite variations in name spelling.

 

Author matching and document grouping

To determine which author names should be grouped together under a single identifier number, the Scopus Author Identifier uses an algorithm that matches author names based on their affiliation, address, subject area, source title, dates of publication citations, and co-authors. When you search, this feature returns documents written by that author, even when an author is cited differently.

You can search using the Scopus Author Identifier from Scopus Search API in order to find documents for which a specific author contributed or from Author Search API to find details associated with the specific author.

Note

Documents can only be assigned to an author if they have sufficient citation information. For example, if a document is missing or has inaccurate affiliation information, linking it to an appropriate author is not possible.

 

Using Scopus Author Identifier

Scopus Author Identifier helps you:

Differentiate authors with common last names like Smith or Lee

 Scopus Author Identifier searches return a list of possible author matches with their affiliations and subject areas of interest.

 

Example

If your search returned two authors named Ayre, G., you can refer to the affiliation or subject areas of interest for those authors to ensure that you select the appropriate Ayre, G. for your search.

Find authors who have been cited differently

When grouping author names under a unique author identifier number, Scopus takes into consideration last name variations, all possible combinations of first and last names, and the author name with and without initials. As a result, searches for a specific author include a preferred name and variants of the preferred name.

 

Example

Searches for Ayre, G returns documents where the author is cited as Ayre, Gareth and Ayre, G.

 

Field Restriction

 

You can search for a term in a specific field by entering the field name in your search:

field_name (search term)

 

Example

- The search AFFIL(university) returns authors where the terms appear in the affiliation name.

- The search AUTHLASTNAME(scott)returns authors with a surname of scott.

 

Note

- A limited number of field names are available for the Author Search API.

- Enter field names in upper or lower case.

- Make sure to use the correct field name spelling, including hyphens.

- Not all author profiles contain all fields. Searching specific fields may prevent some authors from appearing in your search results.

 

 

Code

Description

Example

AF-ID

Affiliation ID

A unique identification number assigned to organizations affiliated with Scopus authors.

AF-ID( "Harvard Medical School" 3000604) or AF-ID(3000604) returns authors affiliated with Harvard Medical School and variants of that name stored in Scopus.

 

AFFIL

Affiliation

When searching the AFFIL field, you can specify if you want all of your search terms to be found in the same affiliation.

AFFIL is a field that searches the organization, previous and current, for which the author is affiliated.

To find authors where your search terms occur in the same affiliation, use:
AFFIL(london and hospital)

To find authors where both terms appear in a document's affiliation, but not necessarily in the same affiliation, use:
AFFIL (london) and AFFIL (hospital)

 

AU-ID

Author Identifier Number

A unique identification number assigned to Scopus authors.

Note

You cannot search the AU-ID field by entering an author name. For example entering AU-ID("Sato, A.") would not result in a match.

AU-ID("Sato, A." 100038831) or AU-ID(100038831) returns author Sato, A. and variants of that name stored in Scopus.

AUTHFIRST

Author first initial or first name

AUTHFIRST(j) returns documents with "j" in the author first initial field, including:

         Yu, J.

         Paradi, J.C.

         Handelman, C.J.

        Da Costa, J.C.S

AUTHLASTNAME

Author last name (family name)

AUTHLASTNAME(barney) returns documents with "barney" in the author last name field.

ORCID

Open Research and Contributor ID

A unique identification number assigned to individuals assigned to authors via ORCID. ORCID is meant to facilitate an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID, other ID schemes, and research objects such as publications, grants, and patents.

 

ORCID(0000-0001-7617-5489) returns the author associated with the ORCID identifier stored on Scopus.

 

SUBJAREA(XX)

Subject Area

Possible values for XX are:

AGRI

Agricultural and Biological Sciences

ARTS

Arts and Humanities

BIOC

Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

BUSI

Business, Management and Accounting

CENG

Chemical Engineering

CHEM

Chemistry

COMP

Computer Science

DECI

Decision Sciences

DENT

Dentistry

EART

Earth and Planetary Sciences

ECON

Economics, Econometrics and Finance

ENER

Energy

ENGI

Engineering

ENVI

Environmental Science

HEAL

Health Professions

IMMU

Immunology and Microbiology

MATE

Materials Science

MATH

Mathematics

MEDI

Medicine

NEUR

Neuroscience

NURS

Nursing

PHAR

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics

PHYS

Physics and Astronomy

PSYC

Psychology

SOCI

Social Sciences

VETE

Veterinary

MULT

Multidisciplinary

SUBJAREA(CHEM)returns authors of documents classified under the subject area Chemistry.