Productivity and impact of astronomical facilities: A recent sample

  title={Productivity and impact of astronomical facilities: A recent sample},
  author={Virginia Trimble and Jose A. Ceja},
  journal={Astronomische Nachrichten},
The papers published in 11 key astronomical journals in 2008, and a year of citations to those from the first half of the year, have been associated with the telescopes, satellites, and so forth where the data were gathered using a form of fractional counting. Some numbers are also given by journal, by subfield, and by wavelength band. The largest numbers of papers, and generally also quite highly cited ones, in their respective wavelength bands come from the Very Large Array, the Hubble Space… 

Up the Decade! Predictions, Prescriptions, and International Collaborations by the American Astronomical (and Other) Communities

Astronomers have a 200 + year history of international collaborative projects, some more successful than others. Section 1 looks briefly at earlier ones of these, and we return to the topic at the

Measuring the Impact of the Hubble Space Telescope: open data as a catalyst for science

The Space Telescope Science Institute Library and the MAST Data Archive track the productivity (number of refereed papers) and impact (number of citations) of the Hubble Space Telescope in the

Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): survey diagnostics and core data release

The Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey has been operating since 2008 February on the 3.9-m Anglo-Australian Telescope using the AAOmega fibre-fed spectrograph facility to acquire spectra with a

Meaningful metrics for observatory publication statistics

A modest set of metrics is proposed that contains meaningful information when viewed in the isolation of a single observatory as well as in comparison with other observatories, and is urged not to draw conclusions on the basis of the face value of the comparisons, but only after a serious analysis of potential causes for any differences or similarities.

Chandra Publication Statistics

In this study we develop and propose publication metrics, based on an analysis of data from the Chandra bibliographic database, that are more meaningful and less sensitive to observatory-specific

User-support models at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes

  • C. Benn
  • Physics
    Other Conferences
  • 2012
The user support model at the ING telescopes has evolved considerably over the last 20 years, mainly in response to improvements in the reliability and efficiency of the observing systems. Observers

The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma

  • C. Benn
  • Physics
    Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation
  • 2014
The ING runs the highly-productive 4.2-mWilliam Herschel Telescope (WHT) and 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) on La Palma in the Canary Islands. I give an overview of the current operational model,

Linking Literature and Data: Status Report and Future Efforts

The status of an effort to facilitate the annotation and linking of datasets during the publishing process is reviewed and a new, more general one now being considered in the context of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory is described.




We know that the national optical observatories produce hundreds of papers yearly but we wonder whether these include a reasonable share of major studies because some practices at those


We studied the citation histories of 326 papers published in 1961 and cited in the 18 subsequent years. On the average the citations reached a maximum five years after publication, followed by a slow

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