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Canada's astronomy performance based on bibliometrics

Crabtree, Dennis

Using bibliometrics this white paper shows:

  • The observing facilities that Canada supports financially are amongst the highest performing, both in productivity and impact, of facilities world-wide.
  • For most observing facilities, Canadian any author papers have higher impact per paper than that of the full bibliography of the facility.
  • However, Canadian first author papers on most facilities have a lower impact per paper than that of the full bibliography of a facility
  • Almost 80% of Canadian first author papers based on telescope data are authored by either students or PDFs.
  • Using ADS numbers, for the period 2014 – 2017 Canada ranks second in the world in mean impact per paper when considering any author papers.
  • However, when considering only Canadian first author papers, Canada ranks only 8th in the same metric.
  • The number of Canadian first author papers has declined slightly since 2010 (based on ADS numbers), while the number has increased for most of our ‘competitors’.
  • Based upon the publication history of Canadian faculty members, a person’s first author paper production peaks during their postdoc years and then declines once they have a faculty position.
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