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Frequently Asked Questions
What is AuthorMapper?
AuthorMapper is a free interactive tool developed by Springer that visualizes scientific research areas and trends in an easy and refined way. It will assist the scientific research community by plotting authors, subjects and institutions on a world map as well as identifying scientific trends through timeline graphs, statistics and regions.
How will AuthorMapper be useful for my research?
Integrating content and mapping technology, AuthorMapper provides an easy-to-use, dynamic interface that allows you to:
- Easily locate reviewers, authors and experts in similar fields
- Run a variety of queries by keyword, discipline, institution, author and more
- Discover the geographic areas where specific topics are being researched
- Identify new and historic literature trends
- Link and connect seamlessly to published content
- Discover wider relationships in the scientific community
- Benefit from an augmented article and author visibility
What exactly will I be able to look for and find on AuthorMapper? How does the search work?
Whatever search criteria you employ on AuthorMapper, you can see where the authors of these articles are based. For example, if you search for protein kinase, you might see that there are many articles from North America, but none from South America. However, if you browse the Life Sciences category, you will find many articles written by authors in South America.
Using the map, you can zoom into the countries and cities to find out how many articles exist and from which institutions. The technique behind the map employs the institutional affiliation for each author as a “geocode” that determines the placement of articles to be found on the map.
Even if you do not use the map, you can use the search and browse features to look for articles related to specific keywords, authors, subjects, journals, years, institutions and countries. All results are plotted on the map and listed below the map in standard search result format.
How do the graph and statistics functionalities work?
Whether searching or browsing, you can filter your search through one or more of several categories:
For example, users can find any articles from China, for Biomedicine, in the year 2005. Each of these filters also indicates the number of results for that item. For example, clicking on Biomedicine from the homepage will yield a certain number of results.
The filter categories in the left margin, in addition to allowing users to narrow their search, indicate how many results will be found if an item is clicked. On any given page, you might see that there are 2,141 results for the University of California, 7,674 results for the journal of Human Genetics, and 2,685 results from the year 1973. You can see the same statistics for all relevant years, countries, journals and so on.
Which subject areas are covered by AuthorMapper?
AuthorMapper covers all subject areas in which Springer actively publishes journals articles:
Architecture/Design, Biomedicine, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dentistry, Economics/Management Science, Education, Engineering, Environment, Geography, Geosciences, Humanities/Arts, Law, Life Sciences, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medicine & Public Health, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Popular Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Statistics
Which publication types are covered by AuthorMapper?
AuthorMapper queries the metadata of more than 4.5 million journal articles and book chapters from the Springer eContent platform, SpringerLink as well as BioMed Central journal publications, to be able to display author, subject, and research locations on the world map.
I clicked on the title of an article, but I cannot download the particular article I want. Do I need a subscription to download the fulltext?
Yes, you can only download the PDF if you or your institution have a subscription. The AuthorMapper provides a link directly to the PDF if you are authenticated by IP address in the SpringerLink system. If you do not have access, you will be prompted to login. At this point you can log in with an existing username and password and get fulltext access if you have a subscription or purchase the single article if you wish. We also recommend that you get in touch with your librarian and request online access for your research area or journal of interest. Librarians can find detailed product and licensing information on springer.com/librarians.
Where can I find information on rights and permissions for Springer products?
Why are author locations of some results not listed on the map?
The technique behind the map employs the institutional affiliation for each author as a "geocode" that determines the placement of articles to be found on the map. If the location of a given author is not given in the data or if the location is incomplete, then there will be no geocode and the location will not be listed on the map. However, the article in question will still show up in the results list.
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