Publications user guide
This guide provides essential guidance on the use of the Publications section of
Portfolio Analyser. Further and more detailed guidance is available in the
Portfolio Analyser User Guidance [PDF, 3.46 MB]. Adobe Reader is required
to open this file, which you can download from the plug-ins
Overview & data currency
The Publications section of Portfolio Analyser provides facilities for the investigation
of publications and other outputs from BBSRC sponsored Institutes such as journals,
books, conference proceedings, reports, theses, articles, patents, computer programs,
protein and DNA sequences, plant varieties and agricultural models.
The Publications section of Portfolio Analyser is updated biannually during Spring
- Use the Publications Search to define a search strategy, adding search terms or
using any of the supplied search criteria as required.
- Submit the search strategy to retrieve a result set as a list of matching publications.
Portfolio Analyser uses Lucene text search technology. This supports wildcards,
Boolean and other operators to link and use query terms wherever these are employed
in defining a search strategy in the Awards or Publication sections of the system.
- A search query is broken into terms and operators
- A term may be a single word e.g. crop or a phrase consisting of a group
or words surrounded by double quotes e.g. "crop improvement"
- Automatic correction is not applied to any misspelled words
- Stemming is not applied to any terms
- Wildcards can be used within a term to broaden the scope of a search (see below)
- Multiple terms can be combined together using Boolean operators to form a more complex
query (see below)
- Boolean operators must be used as capitals i.e. OR, AND, NOT
- Queries are not case sensitive
In search context, wildcards replace a single letter or a series of letters in order
to expand results.
Use the ? symbol to perform a single character wildcard search.
The single wildcard search looks for terms that match with the single character
Use the * symbol to carry out a multiple wildcard search and look for 0 or more
characters e.g. h*moglobin to return hemoglobin
or haemoglobin, tomato* to return tomato
Wildcard queries will not work when used:
- as the first character (prefix) of a search term e.g. *nanotechnology
- within a phrase query e.g. "gene sequenc*"
A search operator is an instruction that joins search terms to form a new, more
complex query. It enables you to look for several words at once by informing Lucene
how to link search terms. The most common search operators are the Boolean operators
(must be used as capitals i.e. AND, OR, NOT) and the use of double
quotes to specify an exact phrase or whole word. These allow the inclusion or exclusion
of documents from the search results.
Finds documents that contain at least one of the specified terms.
The OR operator links two terms and finds matching documents if
either of the terms exist in a document. The OR operator helps
you broaden your search by including synonyms or related terms. Note: OR
is the default operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between
two terms, the OR operator is used.
crop OR plant
Finds documents containing crop or plant, or both.
Finds documents that contain all of the specified terms.
Use the AND operator to search for documents in which all the terms
joined with the AND operator are present. Therefore, if 4 keywords
are joined with AND in a search, only documents containing all
4 keywords will be returned. On the other hand, a document that contains 3 of the
4 keywords will not be returned. The AND operator helps you narrow
your search. Their order is not important.
Be careful not to overuse the AND operator in a query; a search that is too
specific could overlook relevant results.
crop AND improvement AND farm
Finds documents containing all three terms.
Excludes the data fields or documents that contain the specified word.
Use the NOT operator to ignore documents that contain the specified
words. The NOT operator helps you narrow your search.
Note: The NOT operator cannot be used with just one term e.g. the
following search will return no results NOT genetics
Be careful with the use of NOT as the attempt to narrow the search may be too
exclusive and eliminate relevant documents.
farm NOT crop
Finds documents that do not contain crop but contain farm.
Finds documents that contain the whole word or the exact phrase.
Quotation marks can also be used to search for an exact phrase.
Note: Exact phrase queries apply to groups of terms (words, numbers,
etc.), not single terms.
Finds documents containing this exact phrase.
BBSRC science programmes are administered via committees, each dealing with applications
for funding in the major areas of the council’s scientific remit. The committee
processing an award provides an indication of the nature of research or training
BBSRC occasionally reorganises its committees and therefore past awards may reflect
the structures in place at the time of issuing the award. See the
Research Committees for details of the current committees and their remits.
Institutes of BBSRC
The institutes deliver innovative, world class bioscience research and training,
leading to wealth and job creation, generating high returns for the UK economy.
They have strong links with business, industry and the wider community, and support
The institutes’ research underpins key sections of the UK economy such as agriculture,
bioenergy, biotechnology, food and drink and pharmaceuticals. In addition, the institutes
maintain unique research facilities of national importance.
- The Institute for Animal Health (IAH) is a world-leading
centre of excellence for research into infectious diseases of farm animals, to advance
the knowledge of veterinary and medical science, and to enhance the sustainability
of livestock farming.
- The Babraham Institute undertakes innovative
biomedical research to discover the molecular mechanisms that underlie normal cellular
processes and functions, and how, over lifetime, their failure or abnormality may
lead to disease.
- The Institute of Biological, Environmental
and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is a world class research and education centre at
- The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is a world
leader in research into harnessing food for health and controlling food-related
- The John Innes Centre (JIC) contributes over
£170M annually to the UK economy and is an international centre of excellence in
plant science and microbiology.
- The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) is
a national genomics and bioinformatics centre which addresses problems in agriculture,
sustainable energy, food and nutrition, through novel approaches in genomics and
specialising in genomics technology, high throughput data analysis, advanced bioinformatics
- The Roslin Institute is a BBSRC institute
incorporated with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
- Rothamsted Research is the largest agricultural
research centre in the UK.
Portfolio Analyser data is based on a ‘calendar’ year.
All results tables in Portfolio Analyser provide a data sorting capability. Results
can be reordered by clicking the column heading to perform an ascending or descending
alphabetic or numeric sort, as appropriate.
Exporting data & Terms & Conditions of Use
The Awards System provides facilities to export data via a number of file formats
- Extensible Markup Language (XML)
- Microsoft Excel (XLS)
- Comma Separated Values (CSV)
- Portable Document Format (PDF)
Users must accept the terms and conditions (opens in new window) before
being permitted to proceed with an export.
Scope & Caveats
Portfolio Analyser contains details of Institute publications starting from 1997
to the present.
Some of the information held is provided by applicants. BBSRC does not accept responsibility
for the accuracy of this data.