November 2018 Newsletter – New Feature


Table of Contents

  • Updated databases: 51
  • New titles: 1,892
  • New pages added last month: 4,421,772
  • Total pages in HeinOnline: 164,949,744


New Statistic: Average Citations Per Article

Thanks to a suggestion from Professor Orin Kerr at University of Southern California Gould School of Law, this new metric counts the cumulative number of times this author has been cited by other articles, then divides this number by this author’s total number of articles written, to calculate the average number of citations per article.

Note: This statistic does not count toward an author’s overall ScholarCheck Rank.

About Author Profile Pages

Author Profile Pages are an excellent way to showcase and promote an author’s scholarly work. If an author has articles in HeinOnline, a basic version of his or her page will automatically be displayed. The page provides the author’s articles and ScholarCheck statistics, and can be augmented to include a photo, biographical information, and links to the author’s website and social media accounts. Use email alerts to be notified when an author’s articles are added, or when the author is cited by new articles added to the database. Author Profile Pages are available for anyone who has written at least one article available in HeinOnline. Librarians may also enhance an author’s profile page on behalf of a faculty member.

ScholarCheck Ranking

ScholarCheck ranking is based on:

  • The number of times an article has been cited by other articles and cases
  • The number of times an article has been accessed by other HeinOnline users within a rolling 12-month period
  • The number of times an article has been cited by articles written in the past 10 years
  • The number of times an article has been cited by articles written in the past 12-24 months

How to Enhance Author Profile Pages

If authors have articles in HeinOnline, a basic version of their page will automatically be created. To enhance the profile page, authors will need to fill out this form. They will be asked to provide an email address, birth year, university/affiliation, title, ORCID ID#, biography, links to social media profiles, and a photo. Once the form is submitted, a HeinOnline support representative will create the page and send a draft for approval. Once approved, the enhanced profile page will be made available in HeinOnline.


If a librarian would like to submit multiple profiles on behalf of faculty, please contact and a representative will provide a CSV template.

Users can also edit an already enhanced profile by clicking on Edit Author Profile within the author profile page.

Benefits of Author Profile Pages

Users can set up email alerts regarding a designated author’s works. These alerts will be sent once a month. The four different alerts are for:

  • When new material for this author is added to HeinOnline
  • When new articles in HeinOnline cite this author’s articles
  • When articles are accessed on HeinOnline each month
  • When articles similar to this author’s works are published

Another advantage of Author Profile Pages is the ability to download a CSV of ScholarCheck metrics for an entire institution’s enhanced author profiles.

Learn more about the benefits of Author Profile Pages in this blog post.



HeinOnline takes user feedback very seriously. Whenever possible, we implement suggestions we receive. Recently, HeinOnline user @legalkm tweeted about proximity searching:

We immediately looked into whether we could add “w/#” search syntax for proximity searching to HeinOnline’s capabilities, because we don’t like to see sad faces in the same tweet as a reference to HeinOnline. Great news: we did it!

For example, let’s search in the Law Journal Library for the word ‘jury’ within five words of ‘discrimination’:

1. jury w/5 discrimination

2. “jury discrimination”~5

Both search queries produce the same set of search results, as depicted below.

In addition to the example above, the following search syntax also now works in HeinOnline:

  1. /7 works the same as w/7
  2. w/p or /p looks for terms within a paragraph, which translates to within 75 words
  3. w/s or /s looks for terms within a sentence, which translates to within 25 words
  4. w/seg or /seg looks for terms with a segment, which translates to within 100 words

This change makes searching in HeinOnline even more user-friendly. Researchers who may be familiar with other databases’ search syntax for term proximity are now able to seamlessly change between interfaces. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post about these new searching features!