Publicationharvester: An Open-Source Software Tool for Science Policy Research

10 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Pierre Azoulay

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Andrew Stellman

Stellman & Greene Consulting LLC

Joshua Graff Zivin

Columbia University - Department of Health Policy and Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 2006

Abstract

We present PublicationHarvester, an open-source software tool for gathering publication information on individual life scientists. The software interfaces with MEDLINE, and allows the end-user to specify up to four MEDLINE-formatted names for each researcher. Using these names along with a user-specified search query, PublicationHarvester generates yearly publication counts, optionally weighted by Journal Impact Factors. These counts are further broken-down by order on the authorship list (first, last, second, next-to-last, middle) and by publication type (clinical trials, regular journal articles, reviews, letters/editorials, etc.) The software also generates a keywords report at the scientist-year level, using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) assigned by the National Library of Medicine to each publication indexed by Medline. The software, source code, and user manual can be downloaded at http://www.stellman-greene.com/PublicationHarvester/

Suggested Citation

Azoulay, Pierre and Stellman, Andrew and Zivin, Joshua Graff, Publicationharvester: An Open-Source Software Tool for Science Policy Research (February 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12039, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=883088

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Joshua Graff Zivin

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