A survey of astronomical research

A baseline for astronomical development

V. A R M Ribeiro, P. Russo, A. Cárdenas-Avendaño

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Measuring scientific development is a difficult task. Different metrics have been put forward to evaluate scientific development; in this paper we explore a metric that uses the number of peer-reviewed, and when available non-peer-reviewed, research articles as an indicator of development in the field of astronomy. We analyzed the available publication record, using the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/NASA Astrophysics Database System, by country affiliation in the time span between 1950 and 2011 for countries with a gross national income of less than 14,365 USD in 2010. This represents 149 countries. We propose that this metric identifies countries in "astronomical development" with a culture of research publishing. We also propose that for a country to develop in astronomy, it should invest in outside expert visits, send its staff abroad to study, and establish a culture of scientific publishing. Furthermore, we propose that this paper may be used as a baseline to measure the success of major international projects, such as the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Original languageEnglish
Article number138
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume146
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013

Fingerprint

astronomy
astrophysics
income
observatory
observatories

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

Cite this

@article{8e2d88a3faac4d799a9048574d51e01a,
title = "A survey of astronomical research: A baseline for astronomical development",
abstract = "Measuring scientific development is a difficult task. Different metrics have been put forward to evaluate scientific development; in this paper we explore a metric that uses the number of peer-reviewed, and when available non-peer-reviewed, research articles as an indicator of development in the field of astronomy. We analyzed the available publication record, using the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/NASA Astrophysics Database System, by country affiliation in the time span between 1950 and 2011 for countries with a gross national income of less than 14,365 USD in 2010. This represents 149 countries. We propose that this metric identifies countries in {"}astronomical development{"} with a culture of research publishing. We also propose that for a country to develop in astronomy, it should invest in outside expert visits, send its staff abroad to study, and establish a culture of scientific publishing. Furthermore, we propose that this paper may be used as a baseline to measure the success of major international projects, such as the International Year of Astronomy 2009.",
author = "Ribeiro, {V. A R M} and P. Russo and A. C{\'a}rdenas-Avenda{\~n}o",
year = "2013",
month = "12",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1088/0004-6256/146/6/138",
language = "English",
volume = "146",
journal = "Astronomical Journal",
issn = "0004-6256",
publisher = "IOP Publishing Ltd.",
number = "6",

}

A survey of astronomical research : A baseline for astronomical development. / Ribeiro, V. A R M; Russo, P.; Cárdenas-Avendaño, A.

In: Astronomical Journal, Vol. 146, No. 6, 138, 01.12.2013.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

TY - JOUR

T1 - A survey of astronomical research

T2 - A baseline for astronomical development

AU - Ribeiro, V. A R M

AU - Russo, P.

AU - Cárdenas-Avendaño, A.

PY - 2013/12/1

Y1 - 2013/12/1

N2 - Measuring scientific development is a difficult task. Different metrics have been put forward to evaluate scientific development; in this paper we explore a metric that uses the number of peer-reviewed, and when available non-peer-reviewed, research articles as an indicator of development in the field of astronomy. We analyzed the available publication record, using the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/NASA Astrophysics Database System, by country affiliation in the time span between 1950 and 2011 for countries with a gross national income of less than 14,365 USD in 2010. This represents 149 countries. We propose that this metric identifies countries in "astronomical development" with a culture of research publishing. We also propose that for a country to develop in astronomy, it should invest in outside expert visits, send its staff abroad to study, and establish a culture of scientific publishing. Furthermore, we propose that this paper may be used as a baseline to measure the success of major international projects, such as the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

AB - Measuring scientific development is a difficult task. Different metrics have been put forward to evaluate scientific development; in this paper we explore a metric that uses the number of peer-reviewed, and when available non-peer-reviewed, research articles as an indicator of development in the field of astronomy. We analyzed the available publication record, using the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory/NASA Astrophysics Database System, by country affiliation in the time span between 1950 and 2011 for countries with a gross national income of less than 14,365 USD in 2010. This represents 149 countries. We propose that this metric identifies countries in "astronomical development" with a culture of research publishing. We also propose that for a country to develop in astronomy, it should invest in outside expert visits, send its staff abroad to study, and establish a culture of scientific publishing. Furthermore, we propose that this paper may be used as a baseline to measure the success of major international projects, such as the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84889014394&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84889014394&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1088/0004-6256/146/6/138

DO - 10.1088/0004-6256/146/6/138

M3 - Review article

VL - 146

JO - Astronomical Journal

JF - Astronomical Journal

SN - 0004-6256

IS - 6

M1 - 138

ER -