Search Fields

The PLOS Search Fields are mostly self explanatory, though some names have special suffixes:

  • Fields ending with _date require a beginning date/time and an end date/time
  • publication_date:[2009-12-07T00:00:00Z TO 2013-02-20T23:59:59Z] searches the range Dec 7, 2009 to Feb 20, 2013 and, because of the requested timestamps (between the T andZ), includes content published during either of those days
PLOS Search Field Name Description Note
id DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Extended for partial documents
everything All text in the article Includes Meta information
title Article Title
title_display Article Title For display purposes only
alternate_title Alternative Title
author Author Can have multiple values
author_display Author For display purposes only
author_without_collab_display Author For display purposes only. All the authors except for collaborative authors
author_collab_only_display Author For display purposes only. Collaborative authors only
abstract Abstract section
abstract_primary_display Abstract section For display purposes only. Primary abstract only
introduction Introduction section
materials_and_methods Materials and Methods section
results_and_discussion Results and discussion section
conclusions Conclusions section
supporting_information Supporting Information section
reference Reference section Can have multiple values
body Most sections of the article Without Abstract or References
publication_date Publication Date Requires start and end date
received_date Received Date Requires start and end date
accepted_date Accepted Date Requires start and end date
journal Full Journal Name
volume Volume
issue Issue
article_type Article Type
subject Subject Area Can have multiple values. The most recent version of the taxonomy is posted on the plos-thesaurus github site.
subject_level_1 Subject Area Can have multiple values. Contains only the top level subjects. The most recent version of the taxonomy is posted on the plos-thesaurus github site.
eissn electronic ISSN
pissn print ISSN
elocation_id Electronic Location Used by Pub Med Central
journal_id_pmc Journal ID at PMC Used by Pub Med Central
journal_id_nlm_ta Journal ID at NLM Used by the National Library of Medicine
journal_id_publisher Publisher of this Journal Short identifier
publisher Publisher of this Article Full name
pagecount Total number of pages Not all articles have page count
editor Editor Can have multiple values
editor_display Editor For display purposes only.
affiliate Affiliate Can have multiple values
author_notes Author Notes
competing_interest Competing Interest Statement
financial_disclosure Financial Disclosure Statement
counter_total_all Total views, all time
counter_total_month Total views, last 30 days
timestamp Time of last index
copyright copyright-statement copyright information
figure_table_caption Figure and table captions
PLOS-specific indexes for articles that appear in multiple journals
cross_published_journal_name Cross Published Journal Name
cross_published_journal_key Cross Published Journal Key
cross_published_journal_eissn Cross Published Journal EISSN