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MathSciNet (English): Searching


  • Search options in MathSciNet
  • Citations search options
  • Video tutorial on Author/Journal Citations

Search options in MathSciNet

The Publications tab gives you a wide range of search options. You can filter your search by Publication Type: All, Books, Journals, Proceedings. Below is a brief explanation of the different fields you can use:

Boolean operators :

  • AND, OR, NOT: searches in MathSciNet insert Boolean AND between terms by default.

Proximity operator:

  • Appending the tilde (~) and a number: “term1 term2″~N, for example "module differential"~1: 0 or 1 word(s) between these 2 words is permitted

Author: surname,(comma) initial * or MR Author ID, e.g. Landsman, N* (where * stands for 1 or more characters) or 232479 (the MR Author ID).

Author/Related: not only the author’s name, but also editors, translators, etc.

Title: A search for the following words in the title – Constraints on determinism* – will give you all the results with those exact words (‘Constraints on determinism’) in the title, and not, for example, ‘new constraints on determinism’.

Review Text: The entire review text can be searched by entering keywords or phrases, as well as TeX codes for mathematical symbols, e.g. searching for ‘h 3’ will give you ‘(H)=3’.

Journal: search by journal title, e.g. Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

Institution Code: code showing the author’s institution, e.g. NL-RUNJNS-AP (= IMAPP, RU)

Series: Titles of series, e.g. Contemporary Mathematics

MSC Primary/Secondary: all primary and secondary classification codes in the Mathematics Subject Classification, e.g. 62 (Statistics), 62N (Engineering Statistics) and 62N10 (Quality Control). You cannot use wildcards *. MSC Primary 03C90; Secondary 03-02.

MSC Primary: only primary classification codes, e.g. 62N10

MR Number: a unique 7-digit number, e.g. MR2584951 (MR Author ID tab). Every author’s name in MathSciNet is allocated an MR Number, including the different forms of the name.

Reviewer: reviewer’s name, e.g. Orlovskii, E.

Anywhere: search the entire MathSciNet, i.e. all 11 available searchable fields

References: search for a word or sentence in a list of references

Searching here for the author’s name or MR Author ID  will give you the author’s profile. Enter an author’s name (surname (and then a comma), first name, prefix(es) or initial(s)) and use the wildcard * to broaden the search. Then click on Search:

Searching only for last name will show the next results:

On the left you can refine or you can click on the name.

The profile created by Nicolaas P. Landsman will appear, including:

  • View Publications: shows all articles, chapters, etc.
  • Citations: shows the number of article citations and the number of authors citing them 

  • Co-authors: all authors who have collaborated on articles by author Landsman. The word cloud shows which authors are more frequent collaborators (they are shown in a larger font).
  • Collaboration Distance (explanation under Free Tools: under Collaboration Distance tab).
  • Mathematics Genealogy Project: Author’s career summary, including his or her students.

Here you can find out which journals are available in MathSciNet.
Enter a journal abbreviation, journal name, partial name or an ISSN (a unique journal number) and click Search.

The information about the journal will appear, together with a link to the publisher, Springer in this example.

Use the RSS 2.0 icon to create an RSS feed to receive the table of contents of the latest issue.

Click on List Journal Issues to view all volumes and their tables of content from 1979 onwards.

Click on Journal Citations to see the number of citations per year in the MR Citation Database.

See the explanation in the Citations search options box.

If you've done a search the results appear. Here is a brief explanation:

At Sort by you can sort your results by: Newest, Oldest, Citations, Journal or Year.

On the left you can also refine by: Item Type, Institutions, Authors, Primary Classification, Journal en Year.

Click MR3430406 to see the full title.

Reviewed or Pending means that the article has been reviewed or that this is going to happen (Pending).

All blue text is clickable. Click eg. On Insurance Math. Econom you get the information about this magazine. Click on 65 then you  see the contents of volume 65 of this journal.

: click on this button to look if fulltext by the Radboud University is available.

Clipboard: Click this to save the hit temporarily. See als under the tab EndNote\BibTeX, box Clipboard.

Journal: if you click on it you go directly to the publisher of the journal

Article: direct link to the article of the publisher. Fulltext article is not always available.

Make Link: creates an URL from the record.

In the pulldownmenu of a title you can choose the format to save a title:

If results have a light blue background the are related, f.i. Part I and II:

Video tutorial on searching for publications

There is a video tutorial available on searching by Author or Journal Citations.

Citations search options

The Author Citations tab only searches for authors with cited publications.
To find the number of citations to articles by a particular author, enter the Author Name, e.g. Landsman,(comma) N*, and click Search:

A Top 10 list will appear, arranged by the highest number of citations. In all, N.P. Landsman has been cited 309 times by 213 authors. Click on the MR Number to see a full description of the title.

To generate the number of citations to a journal in the MR Citations Database for a particular period, enter the title of the Journal or leave the search bar blank and hit enter. You will see an alphabetical list. Select the Citing Year and click Search.

Mathematical Citation Quotient

This gives the following result: in the period 2009- 2014, 251 articles were published in Mathematical Intelligencer and there were 16 citations of older articles. The Mathematical Citation Quotient for 2014 = 16 divided by 251 items = 0.06.

The graph shows the number of times in 2014 that the journal Mathematical Intelligencer is cited in other journals in the MR Citation Database: 153.

To find the most cited articles in the MR Citation Database by subject, enter a Subject classification, select a Publication Type and the number of Citations to display.

To generate the most cited articles in the MR Citation Database per year, enter a Publication year and select a Publication Type and Citations to display:

The Top 10 Lists gives a drop-down menu where you can select Journals by MCQ (Mathematical Citation Quotient, Journal Citations tab), Books or Journal Article. You can also select the Citing Year and Items to display. Click on 6.18 to show more information on the MCQ of the journal Acta Numer.

Video tutorial on Author/Journal Citations

There is a video tutorial available on searching by Author or Journal Citations.
It also explains how the MR Citation Database works.