Release 6.3

22 July 2019 by Cambia Staff in Featured, Notices, Release Notes

Release 6.3
New scholarly analysis charts and features, toggle for author identifiers, Scholarly API improvements and more!

New scholarly analysis charts and features, toggle for author identifiers, Scholarly API improvements and more!

N.B. We are no longer supporting Internet Explorer, all other modern and standards compliant browsers are still supported (e.g. Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Safari, Opera).


  • New scholarly analysis features and improvements:
    • New histogram charts with adjustable bucket sizes for visualising the frequency distribution of works by citing scholarly, citing patents, author counts and unique affiliations counts.
    • GRID institution fields (institution type, city,  state) are now added to the UI search, facets and analysis.
    • Citing scholarly works of an individual article are now displayed over time in the article summary page
    • Added auto-fill grouping wizard to the facet grouping chart feature for quickly selecting multiple name variants based on text similarity
    • Added support for grouping to grouped/stacked bar chart visualisation
    • Updated default analysis chart set and chart wizard options
    • Loading a saved dashboard from the sidebar menu now provides an option to apply the dashboard configuration to the latest query results set or load the original query set, as saved.
  • In the Author facet in the scholarly search result page, you can explore a new toggle between "Author Identifiers Enabled" option* and "Author Identifier Disabled" wherein the author display name is displayed as is from the various data sources.
  • Added linkouts to patent records on the USPTO, WIPO (Patentscope) and EPO (Espacenet) websites.

Histogram chart type Example

Facet Grouping Wizard Auto-fill Example

Using the auto-fill grouping wizard.

*About Author Identifiers

New author identifier toggle in the sidebar search

By default, author values are grouped by their display name, which can result in the aggregation of scholarly works from different authors with the same name. Enabling author identifiers uses the identifiers available in our data sources to group authors, which can help disambiguate different authors with the same name. The author identifiers used currently include Microsoft Academic, and ORCID identifiers if they are available in data from CrossRef or PubMed.

N.B. Author disambiguation algorithms can incorrectly assign more than one identifier for the same person. In this case, you may wish to disable this feature to match purely on name alone, or select the different identifiers belonging to an individual author.

Additional minor changes:

  • Improved UX and aggregations for facet grouping chart feature
  • Autosuggest fields on the Structured Search page now allow multi-select by holding "CTRL/CMD" (Control/Command)
  • Created separate sub-tabs for the Lens Scholarly API, PatSeq Bulk Download and Lens Patents API (Coming Soon!) in the API & Data facility
  • Improvements to the Lens Scholarly API request form
  • Created embeddable animated attribution badge (see Terms of Use for attribution badge requirements)
  • Added animated logo graphics


  • Fixed overlapping primary facet labels for grouped bar charts 
  • Fixed tri-state flag check-boxes
  • Fixed Lookup ID smart search
  • Fixed Biological Organisms analysis widget
  • Fixed display of external identifiers in the results list view when analysis tab is hidden

API & Data Improvements:

  • Updated Scholarly API to version 1.1 adding the ability to search within a scholarly collection (user feedback) and bug fixes. See the API documentation for more details.
  • Updated the CPC and IPC classification schemas to the latest versions


Release 6.3.1

  • Added citation data from the OpenCitations Index of Crossref open DOI-to-DOI citations (COCI, most recent update: 12 November 2018), providing a boost of more than 30M citations to total number of scholarly citations in The Lens (1.42B).


  • 6.3.3
    • Update summary counts
    • Home page collaborator logos update
    • Add error handling for asynchronous exports
    • Fix for Home Page Sidebar on mobile
  • 6.3.4
    • Fix patent filters on Edit Search not being persisted
    • Update summary counts
  • 6.3.5
    • Fix bad elastic query de-serialisation
  • 6.3.6
    • Homepage content updates
    • Fix handling of open access locations
    • Added top institutions bar chart to analysis wizard
    • Fix bad reference in analysis wizard
    • Added URL length warning to query details when queries exceed 2,000 characters

Interested in helping us improve?

We are grateful to all those who took our survey and sent us comments and/or feedback on how to improve the public scholarly API. If you or your library have not seen it yet, please check it out. Upon completing your request for the scholarly API, please make sure to provide your full name, your organization address (official email address as well please), and a clear description of the intended use of the scholarly data. In version 1.1, we describe several supported query types, however, the listed examples may still not cover all scenarios that you envision. If there are other useful scenarios to you, please let us know and we will continue to update the documentation and functionality based on your feedback.

If you need guidance to navigate the Lens and utilise its many different features, please visit our Support Center to check out the latest tutorials or contact us at with your queries/comments.