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Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Match References to Papers


The use of the word "Paper" in this algorithm name is a misnomer. It should actually be Match References to Documents to maintain technicality.

This algorithm attempts to match References to Documents (in an "is a" relationship). A Reference is considered to match a Document if and only if:

  • the Reference Author, Page Number, Source, Volume, and Year are all provided and are valid;
  • the Reference Author matches the first Author of the Document;
  • the Reference Page Number matches the Document Beginning Page;
  • the Reference Source and Document Source are exactly the same Source;
  • the Reference Volume matches the Document Volume;
  • the Reference Year matches the Document Year.

The output of this algorithm is a copy of the input database, but with the REFERENCE table updated to point to the DOCUMENT table (via the PAPER_FK field). When it is finished, it reports how many References were matched to Papers and how many References were over matched to Documents. An over matched Reference is a Reference that matches more than one Document.

Usage Hints

Load an ISI file into the tool, then create a database from it using the ISI database loader.

It is strongly recommended that the database be cleaned before matching References to Documents.

For a quick analysis of a small dataset you may wish to merge together author entities with identical names. For a scientifically sound analysis of a larger dataset, you can find author entity merging suggestions (or manually set your own merging orders from scratch) and perform the merge.

Then, you will probably want to merge together journal entities according to recognized variants.


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