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Author Search Help Topics:

The author database
Enter search criteria
Activate the search
View all items by a selected author
Combine an author with a full search
Search for one or more co-authors
Calculate a collaboration distance
Make Links
Data from before 1985


The author database

The MR Database contains a separate database of authors. The Authors search does not search among the name strings associated with papers and books in the MR Database, but rather it searches for the distinct author entities created by MR staff. These author entities are then tied to specific publications. Authors are understood in the sense of the Author/Related search field in the Publications search.

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Enter search criteria

Initially the cursor is in the blank text input box below Author Name. Enter your search criteria. Following are some guidelines to keep in mind when entering a name in MathSciNet:

  • MathSciNet searches are not case-sensitive.
  • Names should be input in the form: last name, first name, middle name(s) or initial(s). Commas must be used to separate last and first names.
  • The wildcard character is the asterisk (*) and may be used anywhere within the name string to broaden the search. However, if it is used at the beginning, it is ignored.
  • TeX-coded accents need not be omitted from names when searching. For example, when searching for a name coded as m\"uller, you may search using m\"uller or muller. While leaving in the \ character is now permitted, this may provide unpredictable results. You may also use ISO-Latin encoded accented characters in searching. For example, you may search for müller

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Activate the search

Once the desired search string has been entered, click the Search button. Search results are displayed as a list of preferred author names for individuals. Name variations appear when the list is expanded. When the cursor passes over the icon to the left of a name on the list, a sample publication will appear. This publication is one which has many citations in MathSciNet reference lists or it is a relatively recent publication of the author.

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View all items by a selected author

To obtain a list of works associated with an author, either click on the author's name or select View Publications from the pop-up menu. The button is located at the top and bottom of each screen of author names. The results are displayed as a headline list of bibliographic data. From this screen, full items can be selected for display.

Note: included in the results may be items where the author was an editor, a translator, or was the subject of a biography.

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Combine an author with a full search

To combine an author's name with other search criteria, select Refine Search from the pop-up menu. The Publications search screen will be displayed with the author's name listed as the first search criteria. Enter the remaining search criteria and click the Search button.

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Search for one or more co-authors

To search for a co-author, select Co-Authors  from the pop-up menu. A list of possible co-authors, if any, will be displayed. From here, the View Publications option on the pop-up menu will return all joint publications, Refine Search will automatically enter the joint authors into the author search field on the publications search tab, and Co-Authors  will search for co-authors of those already selected.  

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Calculate a collaboration distance

Selecting Collaboration Distance from the pop-up menu takes you to a Collaboration Distance Search, with the selected author filled in as one of the two authors in the seach. 

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Make Links

The Make Links option provides a link is to the list of items for the selected author. These links may be copied and pasted into personal pages and documents as desired, and will always give the most current items listed in MathSciNet that are related to the author. 

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Data from before 1985

The Author Database is very reliable for items entered into the MR Database from 1985 to the present. For items entered into the MR Database prior to 1985, it was not possible to preserve all the information previously kept in paper form. A matching algorithm was used to attribute these "early" papers to probable individuals. In cases where such attribution was ambiguous (e.g., papers by "R. Graham" which could have been written by either "Ronald Graham" or "Robert Graham"), papers may be listed in the records of more than one individual. Inconsistencies in author data should be brought to the attention of MathSciNet Technical Support for correction.

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