Author Publications and Citations by Year with REST

Created: 2016-05-09 08:56:51      Last updated: 2016-05-09 11:32:53

This small workflow demonstrates how to connect to and use Europe PMC (http://europepmc.org/RestfulWebService) to count the number of publications and citations per year for one author. Two REST calls are made. First, we "searchPublications" to retrieve the bibliographic records for all published work of a single author. Then, we "getCitations" to extract the year of all articles citing the work of this author. A conditional XPath is here used to only look up citing articles for cited work, i.e. records with result[citedByCount>0]. The pubYear fields is extracted from the raw Web Service results and fed to an Rshell that produces two histograms as output, one for publications and one for citations, very similar to the "Citation Report" in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science. This is a REST equivalent of the SOAP workflow www.myexperiment.org/workflows/4720.html.

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