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About Annual Reviews

Founded in 1932, Annual Reviews provides researchers, professors, and scientific professionals with a definitive academic resource in 51 scientific disciplines. Annual Reviews saves you time by synthesizing the vast amount of primary research literature and identifying the principal contributions in your field. Editorial committees comprised of the most distinguished scholars in the discipline select all topics for review, and the articles are written by authors who are recognized experts in the field. Annual Reviews publications are among the highest cited publications by impact factor according to the Journal Citation ReportsĀ® published by Clarivate Analytics.

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Annual Reviews is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

About the Annual Reviews Website

The Annual Reviews website brings users a variety of features including:

  • Password Protected User Profiles
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  • Custom Email Alerts
  • Saved Searches

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Accessing Annual Reviews Content

RIAs - Information About Reviews In Advance (RIA)

Annual Reviews journals offer Reviews in Advance (RIA), bringing separate articles online for the entire volume prior to full volume publication. Reviews in Advance will be listed on each journal home page under the Early Publications area.

Downloading to a Citation Manager

This feature enables you to download the bibliographic information (also called citation data, header data, or metadata) for the Annual Reviews articles on our site. (At present it doesn't enable you to download metadata for the papers cited in the Annual Reviews article.)

  1. One or many?

    Download bibliographic data for one article, several articles, or an entire table of contents: The Download to Citation Manager feature is available both on our table of contents pages and at the top of each individual Annual Reviews article. On a table of contents page, use the checkboxes to gather metadata for several (or all) of the articles in an Annual Reviews volume.

  2. Citation manager or file format

    Use the radio buttons to tell the citation-download feature how to format the bibliographic data you're harvesting. Each format is suited to use by specific citation management software.

  3. The quick route to your citation management database

    In most cases, if you have citation management software installed on your computer, your web browser can initiate the process of adding the Annual Reviews metadata to your reference database during the download.

When you click the Download article citation metadata button:

Checked: When the checkbox is checked (the default state), your browser should pop up a dialogue box giving you the option to Save or Open. Choosing Open will either fire up your citation manager immediately or give you a choice of applications with which to use the metadata. Choosing the Save option saves the file locally, named for use with the citation manager you selected.

Unchecked: When the checkbox is unchecked, the citation download feature simply displays the metadata within your browser window. Here you can merely view it or copy & paste it into another application.

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Downloading (Saving) PDFs.

You must first open Annual Reviews PDFs for viewing in Acrobat Reader, or other compatible PDF application, before you Save them to your local drive. (Note: You cannot currently right-click the PDF link and choose Save Target As.)

Opportunities to download Annual Reviews article PDFs are offered:

  • along with Abstract and Full Text in each article's Table of Contents entry
  • above abstract on every Abstract page
  • above abstract on every Full Text page
  • with every Search Results entry (select +More)

Note: Downloading Annual Review PDFs that are not Open Access requires either an institutional subscription or an individual article purchase. Annual Review PDFs may be downloaded for personal use only.

Printing Annual Reviews article PDFs

PDFs are viewable on screen, but they were designed for downloading and printing. You must first open Annual Reviews PDFs for viewing in Acrobat Reader before you print them. Note: Printing Annual Reviews PDFs requires either a subscription or an individual article purchase and PDFs may be printed for personal use only.

Trouble with a PDF?

Be sure you're using at least version 4 of the Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Many Annual Reviews PDF files are large. Work with one at a time, closing each before Opening, Saving, or Printing the next. Printing: If the PDF file is image rich or your computer or printer has little memory, try printing the PDF one page at a time. Help with downloading may be found at http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/help.html. For detailed help with Reader, visit http://www.adobe.com/support/products/acrreader.html.

Search Tips

Annual Reviews Search Functionality

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Boolean and Advanced Searching

You may constrain your search query on the Annual Reviews site using Boolean operators and modifiers or the search interface fields. These include:

Boolean Search Operator: AND

The AND operator will limit your search such that only articles containing all of the terms will be included in the search results.

For example, a search for public policy AND obesity will return results that include both search terms and discard results that related only to one or the other.

To conduct an AND search on the Annual Reviews site, you may use the Boolean operator AND or you may add additional search fields to constrain your search.

By default an AND relationship is assumed between search terms unless another operator is specified.

Boolean Search Operator: OR

The OR operator will return search results for either term used in a search query.

For example, public policy OR obesity will return results relevant to public policy or relevant to obesity, resulting in broader search results than would be returned using the AND operator.

Boolean Search Operator: NOT

The NOT operator is used to exclude terms from your search.

For example, a search can be run for (public policy AND obesity) NOT exercise and the returned results will be articles relevant to public policy and obesity but that do not mention exercise.

Note that placing NOT at the beginning of a search query is not supported unless you are searching within previous search results.

Searching for authors

To search for multiple authors, separate each author name with either AND or OR. Using AND will search for content that has been co-authored by the authors. Using OR will search for content that has been authored by either of the authors.

Searching for phrases

Enclose your search term with quotation marks to search for an exact match of that phrase. Without quotation marks, articles including all of the search terms somewhere in the article will be listed. For example searching for "civil war" will find articles containing that exact phrase.


Use a question mark (?) in a search term to represent any one character and use an asterisk (*) to represent zero or more characters. For example, searching for Europe* will find results containing Europe and European. Wildcards cannot be used at the start of a search term or when searching for phrases in quotes.


Search for DOIs using the format 10.1146/XXXX-XXXX-XXXX (do not add http://dx.doi.org/).

Constraining Your Search by Content Type

You may constrain your search query using the dropdown menu on the left-hand side of the search field.

You can search Anywhere, in the Article Title, by Author, by Cited Author, by Keywords, within the article Abstract, or by Author Affiliation.


A search anywhere will search all available options and return any relevant results.

Article Title

A search constrained by Article Title will return results where the query is relevant to an article's title.


A search by author will return articles written by a specific author.

Cited Authors

A search by Cited Authors will return articles that cite the author being search for.


A search constrained by Keywords will return results for articles that have been tagged with that keyword. Keywords on the Annual Reviews site are author-supplied.


A search constrained by Abstract will search within the abstract of an article. Older articles that do not have abstracts may still be returned by the search if their title contains a close match to the search query.

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