[R] how to download Journal Citation Reports with R

Wet Bell Diver wetbelldiver at gmail.com
Tue Jul 23 16:31:44 CEST 2013

Thank Ben,

This works wonderfully, thanks!
BTW: the policy my library publishes regarding JCR implies that this 
falls under acceptable use, as long as the data is for personal use, so 
that's fine.

I'll need to read up on RCurl a little further, as this seems a powerful 
package, thank you for bringing it to my attention.


Op 21-7-2013 0:58, Ben Bolker schreef:
> Wet Bell Diver <wetbelldiver <at> gmail.com> writes:
>> R-3.0.1, Rstudio, Win7 x64
>> Dear list,
>> I would like to download all the webpages of the Journal Citations
>> Report (science edition), for a given year. I can do so manually, but
>> that it very time intensive, so I would like to use R for that.
>> I have tried many things, including:
>> download.file(url =
>> "http://admin-apps.webofknowledge.com/JCR/JCR?RQ=SELECT_ALL&cursor=21",
>> destfile = "test.htm", method = "internal")
>> which would get the page starting with journal number 21.
>> However, test.htm only includes the message:
>>   >>>
>    You need to review the RCurl package and look for "cookies", which
> will allow you (once you have established a session in a browser) to
> copy the cookies (tokens which allow you access) into your R session.
> However, you will probably be violating the terms of service of JCR.
> You should talk to your librarian about this.  When I wanted to do
> a similar project I worked out a system where I generated the URLs
> automatically and got a student assistant to (efficiently) go to the
> URLs and paste the results into output files.
>    Ben Bolker
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