Publish or Perish on Microsoft Windows

Publish or Perish on Windows XP desktop

The Windows version of Publish or Perish is available for downloading by using the link below. The download package contains an installer for Microsoft Windows and is digitally signed by Tarma Software Research Ltd.

Note: The Publish or Perish software installer does NOT require administrator rights. You can install the Publish or Perish software on your computer even as a non-privileged user.


The development of the Publish or Perish software is a volunteering effort that has been ongoing since 2006. Download and use of Publish or Perish is and will remain free (gratis), but donations toward the costs of hosting, bandwidth, and software development are appreciated. 

Your donation helps to support the further development of Publish or Perish for new data sources and additional features.

How to cite the Publish or Perish software

If you are using the Publish or Perish software in one of your research articles or otherwise want to refer to it, please use the following format:

Harzing, A.W. (2007) Publish or Perish, available from

A 15-minute audio & slide presentation on citation analysis and Publish or Perish can be found on slideshare.

 A recording of "Google Scholar, Scopus and the Web of Science: A longitudinal and cross-disciplinary comparison", a presentation given at a seminar organised by the Spanish Journal of Psychology at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 16 November 2015. - Presentation slides.

From publication to impact (slides) - 30 minute presentation (courtesy of Middlesex University, September 2014)

License agreement

Publish or Perish is provided courtesy of It is free for personal non-profit use; please refer to the End User License Agreement for the full licensing terms and conditions.

Download and installation instructions

1. Check that your computer meets the following minimum system requirements:

  • Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10, including x64 and Server editions.
  • Some memory (enough to run the operating system, not much more).
  • Some hard disk space (ditto).
  • An Internet connection.

2. Download the Publish or Perish software installer from the web site:

PoP Installer Publish or Perish installer for Windows (966 KB)

Version: 4.29.1 (16 October 2016) - What's new?

3. Start the PoPSetup.exe installer by double-clicking on the file that you just downloaded. On most systems, a security warning dialog box will now appear that looks like one of the following.

Windows 10 UAC (1607 update)Windows 10
(1607 update)

Windows 10 UAC screenWindows 10

Windows 8 UAC screenWindows 8

Windows 7 UAC boxWindows 7

Windows Vista UAC boxWindows Vista

Windows XP security warningWindows XP

Click Run or Continue or Yes after you have verified that the publisher's name is Tarma Software Research Ltd.

(Note: Before 15 August 2014 our installers were signed by Tarma Software Research Pty Ltd; these are also fine.)

4. The installer will now start. Follow the instructions on the screen to confirm your acceptance of the license agreement and to install the Publish or Perish software on your computer.

Note: If you have an earlier version of Publish or Perish on your computer, it will be automatically removed before the new version is installed. Your queries are preserved during the upgrade process.

5. After installation is complete, you can start Publish or Perish through the Windows Start menu: click on the Start menu button, then All Programs, then Publish or Perish 4.

6. If you ever need to remove the Publish or Perish software from your system, use the Add/Remove Programs control panel.

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