Sorting Google Scholar search results based on the number of citations
This Python code ranks publications data from Google Scholar by the number of citations. It is useful for finding relevant papers in a specific field.
The data acquired from Google Scholar is Title, Citations, Links and Rank. A new columns with the number of citations per year is also included. The example of the code will look for the top 100 papers related to the keyword, and rank them by the number of citations. This keyword can eiter be included in the command line terminal (
$python sortgs.py --kw 'my keyword') or edited in the original file. As output, a .csv file will be returned with the name of the chosen keyword ranked by the number of citations.
$python sortgs.py --kw "deep learning"(results saved in
This code was originally developed for my MS Dissertation. For referencing this tool, you can use the following:
WITTMANN, Fernando Marcos. Optimization applied to residential non-intrusive load monitoring. 2017. Dissertation (Masters) - University of Campinas, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Campinas, SP. Available in: .
usage: sortgs.py [-h] [--kw KEYWORD] [--sortby SORTBY] [--nresults NRESULTS] [--csvpath CSVPATH] [--notsavecsv] [--plotresults] [--startyear STARTYEAR] [--endyear ENDYEAR]
Example: $python sortgs.py --kw 'deep learning'
optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit --kw KEYWORD Keyword to be searched. Default is 'machine learning' Use double quote followed by simple quote to search for an exact keyword. Example: "'exact keyword'" --sortby SORTBY Column to be sorted by. Default is by the columns "Citations", i.e., it will be sorted by the number of citations. If you want to sort by citations per year, use --sortby "cit/year" --nresults NRESULTS Number of articles to search on Google Scholar. Default is 100. (carefull with robot checking if value is too high) --csvpath CSVPATH Path to save the exported csv file. By default it is the current folder --notsavecsv By default results are going to be exported to a csv file. Select this option to just print results but not store them --plotresults Use this flag in order to plot the results with the original rank in the x-axis and the number of citaions in the y-axis. Default is False --startyear STARTYEAR Start year when searching. Default is None --endyear ENDYEAR End year when searching. Default is current year
The following code will search for the top 100 results, rank by number of citations and save as a .csv file (same name of the keyword):
$python sortgs.py --kw "machine learning"
Sorted by number of citations per year (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED):
$python sortgs.py --kw "machine learning" --sortby "cit/year"
From 2005 to 2015:
$python sortgs.py --kw "machine learning" --startyear 2005 --endyear 2015
Save results under a subfolder called 'examples'
$ python sortgs.py --kw 'neural networks' --csvpath './examples/'
Example of output while running:
Loading next 10 results Robot checking detected, handling with selenium (if installed) Loading... Solve captcha manually and press enter here to continue... year not found, appending 0 Loading next 20 results Robot checking detected, handling with selenium (if installed) Loading next 30 results Robot checking detected, handling with selenium (if installed) Loading next 40 results
SortGS is not available (yet) on PyPa. The most straight foward way to use it is the following: 1. Install Python 3 and its dependencies from Requirements (suggestion: use Ananconda https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/) 2. Download the repository. Two ways to do this: - Use the command
git clone https://github.com/WittmannF/sort-google-scholar.gitin your terminal (if linux/MAC) or CMD (if windows) - Or download using this link: https://github.com/WittmannF/sort-google-scholar/archive/master.zip and unzip 3. Open the folder of sortgs on your terminal (if linux/MAC) or CMD (if windows) 4. Use the command
python sortgs.py --kw "your keyword"(replace "your keyword" to any keyword that you'd like to search) 5. A CSV file with the name
your_keyword.csvshould be created.
If those steps are too complicated for you, send me an email with a list of keyworks that you'd like them ranked to: fernando [dot] wittmann [at] gmail [dot] com
If you install anaconda, all of those requirements (except selenium) are going to be met: - Python 2.7 or Python 3 - Install from the requirements file:
pip install -r requirements.txt
Highly suggested, if having problems with robot checking: - ChromeDriver: http://chromedriver.chromium.org/ - After downloading chromedriver, rename it to
chromedriverand add it in a folder accessible by the PATH (Example: your python directory. Mine is at
If this project was helpful to you in any way, feel free to buy me a cup of coffee :)
For a feedback, send me an email: fernando [dot] wittmann [at] gmail [dot] com