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

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  • Pierre Azoulay
  • Andrew Stellman
  • Joshua Graff Zivin

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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/

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12039.

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Date of creation: Feb 2006
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Publication status: published as Azoulay, Pierre, Andrew Stellman and Joshua Graff Zivin. "Publication-Harvester: An Open-Source Software Tool For Science Policy Research," Research Policy, 2006, v35(7,Sep), 970-974.
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  1. Pierre Azoulay & Joshua S. Graff Zivin & Bhaven N. Sampat, 2011. "The Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge Across Time and Space: Evidence from Professional Transitions for the Superstars of Medicine," NBER Working Papers 16683, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Pierre Azoulay & Joshua S. Graff Zivin & Jialan Wang, 2010. "Superstar Extinction," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, MIT Press, vol. 125(2), pages 549-589, May.
  3. Gaulé, Patrick & Maystre, Nicolas, 2011. "Getting cited: Does open access help?," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 40(10), pages 1332-1338.
  4. Pierre Azoulay & Joshua S. Graff Zivin & Gustavo Manso, 2011. "Incentives and creativity: evidence from the academic life sciences," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, RAND Corporation, vol. 42(3), pages 527-554, 09.
  5. Jeannette Colyvas & Kaisa Snellman & Janet Bercovitz & Maryann Feldman, 2012. "Disentangling effort and performance: a renewed look at gender differences in commercializing medical school research," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, Springer, vol. 37(4), pages 478-489, August.
  6. Toole, Andrew A. & Czarnitzki, Dirk, 2007. "Life Scientist Mobility from Academe to Industry: Does Academic Entrepreneurship Induce a Costly ?Brain Drain? on the Not-for-Profit Research Sector?," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 07-072, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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