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I am trying to download the data of the research papers published by people in my university. What I would like to do is then to plot the geographical distribution of the authors, and see how it evolves as a function of time.

Do you have any suggestion on how to do this, in case it can be done? Thanks!

  • Do you have already have a list of papers, or is that what you are trying to collect? I think via a university, the tools from Thompson-Reuters or similar should have indexed affiliation. – philshem Nov 3 '14 at 8:29
  • I am trying to download data relative to all papers published by my university. I need only two types of information: the year of the paper and the location of the various contributors. Web of Science by Thomson Reuters let you download data for 10 articles at a time, with no information on the author locations. Did anybody try mining Google Scholar with scholar.py (icir.org/christian/scholar.html)? – albus_c Nov 3 '14 at 10:30
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Many of the bibliographic databases offer APIs, but they might not be 100% open. Typically, you can't get access to the ones that charge for access unless your institution has a subscription to the service.

I know that link-only answers are bad, but the problem is that policies change over time, and the folks at MIT libraries has a rather long list of bibiometric APIs and info about how open they are, which I assume they'd maintain/update over time:

For your purposes, I'd avoid the subject specific ones (pubmed, arXiv) or publisher specific ones, and look to JSTOR Data for Research or Web of Science (the one run by Thomspon-Reuters).

As you're interested in tracking by people, I'd like to recommend ORCID, but it requires your faculty registering with them and acknowledging their papers, so they don't mis-attribute papers because of similar names.

  • Thanks! I wrote to the people at JSTOR asking if they could send me the data I'm looking for (on their website, the maximum number of results per search is 1000). – albus_c Nov 4 '14 at 8:50

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