Here are two examples on searching just author and searching author with limit address. This search with author and address is often suggested as a search limit to find the right author when authors have the same surname and first name initial. I did a comparative search on both author search and on author search with limit address on two researchers with exclusive names Haglin L and Rantapaa Dahlqvist S:

3 records were lost when searching Rantapaa Dahlqvist S with limit address Umea and 4 records were lost when searching Haglin L with limit address Umea. The following screenshot shows one of the lost records when searching for Rantapaa Dahlqvist S with limit address field. In field Document type you see it’s a meeting abstract and Times cited shows zero cites.

The following screenshot shows one of the lost records when searching for Haglin L with limit address field. The address mentioned is not for Haglin L and I checked with Haglin L personally that she has written this article. This article also has two cites.

Checking all lost records with limit address shows that Haglin L would loose 4 records with 9 cites all together. Checking all lost records with limit address shows that Rantapaa Dahlqvist S wouldn’t loose any cites because all lost 3 records are meeting abstracts with no cites to them.

But searching author with limit address can also give unsolicited records with cites. For example, Astrom S(ture) with limit address umea also gives a record from Astrom S at the ophthalmology department. Astrom S(ture) is working at the nursing department. As showed in this screen such a search would give Astrom S(ture) 3 unsolicited cites:

Conclusion: Do not search author with limit address. Valuable articles can be lost. More reliable to search just author and manually checking each record. If the researcher has a proper publication list, it’s more reliable to search the title of the articles and perhaps saves time. On the other hand, searching author with limit address can give unsolicited records with cites.

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