Help Topic: Search results

The 'Search Results' page is displayed when you have carried out a quick or advanced search. It shows the criteria you used for the search and lists the articles that match them. To review your search parameters, click on the arrow in the 'Search Parameters' bar. This will display your search parameters and allow you to change your search criteria by clicking on the 'Edit Search' link.

The default order of the results list is by 'Relevancy', which displays articles in order of their relevance to the search criteria used (ie the most relevant article appears first).

How we calculate relevancy

Simple searching runs across the full text of articles and their associated metadata fields (title, author names, keywords, etc). The ranking of the results of the search is determined by the number of times the search term occurs in the full text or in any of the metadata fields, with some fields weighted to raise their results ranking. For example, the search relevancy is increased by a factor of 3 if the search term appears in the article title, by a factor of 2 if it is among the article keywords and by a factor of 1.5 if it is the author's name.

A search for Smith will usually rank results with Smith in the title or as an author above those results where Smith appears in the full text. However, if the search term appears many times in the full text of a document, it will appear near the top of any set of results. It should also be noted that the ranking takes into account the total number of words found in the document or in the metadata fields. Therefore, a single author result will be ranked above an author found in a multi-authored paper.

For example:

A Simple Search for Jonathan Smith will return a list of documents ranked as described above.

A document containing 10 occurrences of Jonathan and 10 of Smith will be listed above a document with 12 occurrences of Jonathan only.

A document authored by Michael Smith and containing the words Jonathan and Smith once each within its full text will be listed above a document authored by John Brown that also contains Jonathan and Smith once within its full text.

A document containing Physics 100 times in its full text will be listed above a document with Physics in its title.

And, of course, you can further refine your results using the Advanced Search facility.

Search results format

Each article entry in the list follows this format (unless you modified the format using the Advanced Search feature):

  1. Title
  2. Author
  3. Journal, Volume, Issue, Month, Page range
  4. DOI, online publication date
  5. Article content links (Abstract, PDF, HTML, etc...) or 'Add to basket' link

Search Facets

'Search Facets' or filters allow you to refine your search further. On the 'Search Results' page you will see a 'Search Facets' menu down the left-hand side.

If you searched across both journal and book content, you can choose to limit the search to one or the other by clicking on the relevant checkbox under 'Content Type' and then clicking 'Submit'. Note: the numbers that appear in brackets next to each filter show how many of the search results fall into that category. In the same way, you can refine your search by Subject, Author, and Year of Publication. The filters also show the journals and books that contain the most references to your search terms and you can choose to limit your search to one or more of those publications.

Search Results Options

You can control how many results appear on a page. The default value is set at 10 results per page. For more results per page, click the 'Results per page' drop-down menu, and click on the number you prefer.

You can jump to a specific page in the entire list of results by clicking the 'Go to page' menu. You can also navigate to the first, previous, next and last pages of the entire list of results by clicking the corresponding navigation links.

Once you found the article(s) you are looking for...

... you can save the search, save the articles, export their citations, add them to your shopping basket and download PDFs.

To save your search, just click on the 'Save Search' button. (Note: you need to have registered with Cambridge Journals Online and be logged in to use this feature.) This allows you to save your search results and/or your search parameters so that you can re-run the same search at a later date. You can access your saved searches from the 'My CJO links' menu at the top left-hand side of every page. See Help on Saved Searches.

To save an article, click the checkbox that appears to its left. To save all the articles listed, click the 'Select all' checkbox at the top. Then click the 'Save to my Saved Articles' button at the top the page. Now you will be able to access the article(s) from your 'Saved Articles' page which you can access from your 'My CJO Links' menu. (Note: you need to have registered with Cambridge Journals Online and be logged in to use this feature.)

To export a citation, click the checkbox that appears next to the article. To select all the articles listed, click the 'Select all' checkbox. Then click the 'Export citation' button at the top or bottom of the page. See Help on Export Citations.

To add an item to your shopping basket, click the checkbox that appears next to it. To select all the articles listed, click the 'Select all' checkbox under the same column. Then click the 'Add to basket' button at the top of the page. You can also add an item to your shopping basket by clicking the 'Add to basket' link that appears below each article. (Note: you need to have registered with Cambridge Journals Online and be logged in to use this feature.) See Help on Shopping Basket for more information.

If you already have access to the full text of the article(s) because you or your organisation subscribes, or you have bought a pay-per-view article, you can access the article content directly by using the PDF (or HTML where available) links below each article entry. You can also download the PDFs of particular articles to your desktop by clicking the checkbox(es) next to the article(s) concerned, then clicking on 'Download PDF(s)'.

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