Simply enter your search query in the box and click the 'Search' button. This will begin a search of all journal articles and will search the header and abstract information.
If you wish to conduct a more specific search, please click on the Search channel in the main navigation and use the specific criteria on this page.
Searching article headers and abstracts
We have provided 3 text entry boxes in the 'Search article headers and
abstracts' section to enable you to refine your search. Each of the text entry
boxes can be used to limit your search to a particular field in the article
header or to search the whole header.
Limit which fields to search (article headers and
If you simply enter your search terms in the first text entry box, every field
in the article header will be searched, as this is the default. To limit your
search to a particular field, select the appropriate option from the drop down
menu to the right of the text entry box. The options are as follows:
- Abstract/Title - Select this to search the abstract and title,
This is the default for the first text entry box.
- Author - Select this to search for author names. Author
names are stored as given so you might find that a search for John
Smith will fail, whereas a search for J* Smith or just
Smith will succeed.
- Affiliation - Select this to search in the author
- Abstract - Select this to search in the
abstract field. This includes PACS numbers and
keywords where relevant, plus the full text of any articles that have been
published in the article header, such as editorials and summaries.
- Title - Select this to search the full title of an article
- Keywords - Select this to search in the
keywords field. At present, only a couple of
journals have content in this field.
- All fields - Select this to search the whole article header,
including the fields above.
Example 1. - Searching just one field
To search for the string 'bondi mass' in the title of an article, use
the first text entry box only. Enter 'bondi mass' and select
'Title' from the drop down menu. This is shown below.
Example 2. - Searching across multiple fields
To identify all articles containing 'laser' in the
abstract or title AND written by author
'smith', who studied at 'faculty of engineering', enter
'laser' in the first text entry box, 'smith' in the second
box and 'faculty of engineering' in the third. In this example, no
changes are required to the drop down menus, as the default order is
Abstract/Title, Author, Affiliation (as required). See below.
Searching the fulltext
To search across the full text of our articles, ignore the first 3 text boxes
in the 'Search article headers and abstracts' section and use the
text box entitled 'Search full text of articles'. This defaults to an
exact phrase search of our PDFs, so if the phrase you enter appears in a PDF,
then that PDF will be listed on the search results page. Once the results list
has been generated and you want to see where your search terms appear in the
PDF, open the PDF and use the Acrobat search tool (binoculars) to locate them.
A full text search of 'dark matter detection' is shown below.
Search a journal, subject category or EJs collection
You can choose from 4 search options:
- All journals
- Specific journal(s)
- Journals in a subject category
- EJs Collections
Search year range
By default, all available years will be searched. You may limit this selection
by choosing to search between two specific years.
Input of search terms
Searching is case insensitive, so that a search for structure or
STRUCTURE will find all articles containing 'structure', 'Structure',
The AND, OR and NOT operators are also case insensitive; hence stress AND
function is interpreted in the same way as stress and function.
Automatic stem searching
The search engine currently defaults to stem searching. Therefore a search for
Structure will find "Structure", "Structural",
"Structures" etc. Likewise a search for Structural will
find 'Structure', 'Structures' etc. To switch off stemming, enclose your
search term in double quotes (as for phrase searching). So a search for
"Structures" will find instances of "Structures"
only, and a search for "Structural" will find instances of
How to search for several words at once
The system can search for several words at once and by default will treat the words separately. So the search electronic structure is
treated as electronic AND structure. To search for an exact phrase, you should use double quotes, e.g. "electronic structure".
How to search for authors
Enter just an author surname for best results. To search for authors in the
form 'First name(s) Surname' or 'Initials Surname', select the 'This exact
phrase' option; however, you will only get results precisely matching your
search terms. If you are not sure of the spelling of a name, use wildcard
characters (see below). Wildcard characters can also be used to search for
authors with accented letters in their name.
How to use AND, OR and NOT
The operators AND, OR and NOT can be used to define the relationship between
search terms. For example:
- electron AND proton finds articles containing both
"electron" and "proton".
- electron OR proton finds articles containing
"electron", "proton", or both.
- electron NOT proton finds articles in which the word
"electron" appears, but the word "proton" does
How to use parentheses
Parentheses can be used to structure searches. For example:
- (stress OR strain) AND function
- waveform OR (harmonic AND oscillator)
To search for a group of characters containing parentheses, e.g. a PII, the
group must be surrounded by double quotes.
How to use wildcards
The character "*" can be used as a wildcard taking the
place of several unspecified characters. This allows you to broaden a search.
Thus electro* finds articles containing electro, electron,
electronic, electromagnetic etc.
Limit to results of previous search
The "Limit to results of previous search" option only appears if you
have already performed a search that session. Checking the box limits the new
or modified search to the results generated in the previous search. Verity
query language is displayed next to the box to describe the terms of the
This feature can be used to search across fields and/or to reduce the number
of returned results by changing the search terms one at a time. For example,
you could search for articles about 'dark matter' and then perform a second
search, limiting it to the previous results, to search for a specific author.
The display options alter the format of the results page(s):
- Results per page: You may limit the number of returned
results per page from 10 to 100
- Display in Abstract/Summary format: Choose whether you want
to display the title and author(s) (summary), or the title, author(s)
and abstract (abstract) in the search results. When selecting abstract
format, the article's abstract text is displayed on the search results
- Sort results: Sort by Date, Author,
Affiliation or Relevance by selecting the appropriate option from the
drop down menu.
Search results are sorted in reverse date order by default, with the
latest articles displayed first on the list.
To change the default ordering, use the last drop down menu to change
the ordering from 'natural' to 'reverse'
Linking of author names
Every author name for each record in a search results listing is linked.
Following a link will start a new search based on that author's name. e.g. 'T
Matos' will start a new search and give results for all of the papers that
T Matos has published within our Electronic Journals service.
Export/e-mail search results
This facility allows the records in your search results list to be
individually selected and exported in a variety of
formats to your mailbox, your online filing cabinet, a
disk or your browser. More information on
export/e-mail search results is available.
Search history builds a list of your search activity in one session, with the
facility to save any of these searches to your account for future use. E-mail
alert profiles may also be created from the saved searches in your search
history. More search history information is
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