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SofI - Publication Metrics


SofI Publication Metrics


The publication metrics is a tool for measurig the scientific impact of an astronomer as well as an instrument. Here we report the publication metrics for papers based at least partially on SofI data as fo May 16, 2005, hoping that this information may be useful to the community. The literature survey is based on ESO ADS. We do not claim that this is a complete statistics.


Year No. of Papers Average No. of citations
1999 8 26
2000 3 102
2001 0 0
2002 49 28
2003 52 10
2004 70 10
2005 (as of May 16) 13 1
Total 195 16



High impact papers:

100 citations or more - 6

50 citations or more - 10

30 citations or more - 25


Low impact papers (only within the period 1999-2003 when 112 SofI papers were published):

5 citations or less - 27

2 citations or less - 10

0 citations or less - 4


Topics: among the top 20 most cited papers there are:

13 large extragalactic surveys

3 more extragalactic "mini-surveys"

3 Galactic papers

1 theoretical paper referring to the SofI filters


Among the top 20 most cited papers:

the K20 survey has 5

the ESO Imaging Survey (EIS) has 4

the Chandra Deep Field has 2

the GOODS has 1

the VIRMOS has 1

others surveys (GRB, galaxies) have 3

the Galactic SF has 2

the Galactic Bulge has 1

the theoretical stellar evol. models have 1


The two most cited papers (on the Chandrda Deep Field South) from 2001 and 2002 have 243 and 166 citations, respectively.
The highest citation paper based only on SofI data (on the Galactic star formation) was published in 2002 and it has 68 citations.
The highest impact spectroscopic papers rank 21 and 40, with 34 and 22 citations, respectively.
No polarimetric-mode paper ranks among the top 40 most cited SofI papers.


The small number statistics makes it hard to derive any far-reaching conclusions from this mini-survey. It is indicative of the general importance of surveys highlited by the wide-field imaging capabilities of SofI.




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This page created: Dec 13, 2005, by Valentin D. Ivanov. Last Update: Dec 13, 2005, by Valentin D. Ivanov
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