Scientometrics

, Volume 100, Issue 2, pp 329–338 | Cite as

Landmark papers written by the Nobelists in physics from 1901 to 2012: a bibliometric analysis of their citations and journals

Article

Abstract

We collected 382 landmark papers written by 193 Nobel Laureates in physics from 1901 to 2012 and used bibliometric methods, citation frequencies, impact factor (IF), and tendency of the landmark journals to analyze their contents. The results show: (1) Of landmark papers published during 1980–2009, 74.7 % were cited more than 500 times. Average citation frequencies and proportion of highly cited papers were higher for theoretic discoveries than for experimental methods. However, the proportion of highly cited papers in both domains was lower than for an invention. The average test period for the latter was markedly shorter too. (2) Landmark papers by Nobelists were mainly published in journals with IF from 5.0 to 10.0, but journals below IF 5.0 ranked first among all landmark journals. (3) As to countries where landmark papers were published, the Netherlands ranked at the top of the countries with the most landmark journals, besides the United States and England. In addition, the majority of landmark papers written by non-mainstream countries’ Nobelists were published in foreign journals with IF <7.0. These data indicate some regularity and tendency of landmark papers written by Nobelists in physics.

Keywords

Nobel prize Citation Distribution Characteristics Bibliometric Analysis 

References

  1. Agrawal, A. A. (2005). Corruption of journal impact factors. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 20, 157.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Bagatin, E., & Gontijo, B. (2011). The expansion of a measure: What is a scientific journal impact factor and how important is it for academic Brazilian dermatologists. International Journal of Dermatology, 50, 1432–1434.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Balaban, A. T. (2012). Positive and negative aspects of citation indices and journal impact factors. Scientometrics, 92, 241–247.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Bordons, M., Fernandez, M. T., & Gomes, I. (2002). Advantages and limitations in the use of impact factor measures for the assessment of research performance in a peripheral country. Scientometrics, 53(2), 195–206.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Bornmann, L., & Daniel, H. D. (2008). What do citation counts measure? A review of studies on citing behavior. Journal of Documentation, 64(1), 45–80.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Braun, I. T., Dióspatonyi, S., Zsindely, E., & Zádor, (2007). Gatekeeper index versus impact factor of science journals. Scientometrics, 71(3), 541–543.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Duan, Z. G., Zhang, J., & Zhang, Y. (2010). Bibliometric analysis of the quality of scientific papers by Nobel Prize winners in physiology and medicine. Studies in Philosophy of Science and Technology, 27(1), 86–90. (in Chinese).MathSciNetGoogle Scholar
  8. Garfield, E. (1972). Citation analysis as a tool in journal evaluation. Science, 178(4060), 471–479.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Gingras, Y., & Wallace, M. L. (2010). Why it has become more difficult to predict Nobel Prize winners: A bibliometric analysis of nominees and winners of the chemistry and physics prizes (1901–2007). Scientometrics, 82(2), 401–412.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Grzybowski, A. (2010). Impact factor—strengths and weaknesses. Clinics in Dermatology, 28(4), 455–457.CrossRefMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
  11. Guo, Y. L., & Shen, H. J. (2002). Nobel Prize in Physics (a centenary volume). Shanghai: Shanghai Popular Science Press.Google Scholar
  12. Kumar, V., Upadhyay, S., & Medhi, B. (2009). Impact of the impact factor in biomedical research: Its useand misuse. Singapore Medical Journal, 50(8), 752–755.Google Scholar
  13. Lehmann, S., Jackson, A. D., & Lautrup, B. E. (2006). Measures for measures. Nature, 444(7122), 1003–1004.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Liang, L. M., & Wu, Y. S. (2006). Scientometrics: Theoretical exploration with case study. Beijing: Science Press.Google Scholar
  15. Ma, C. F., Su, C., Yuan, J. P., & Wu, Y. S. (2012). Papers written by Nobel Prize winners in physics before they won the prize: An analysis of their language and journal of publication. Scientometrics, 93(3), 1151–1163.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Oliveira,E.A., Peicots-Filho,R., Martelli,D.R., Isabel,G.O., MariaC.L.D., Mariana,G.D., Pinheiro,Sergio,V.P., Enrico A.C., Simões e, A.C.S., Martelli-Júnior,H. (2013). Is there a correlation between journal impact factor and researchers’ performance? A study comprising the fields of clinical nephrology and neurosciences. Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-013-0992-x.
  17. Raman, C. V. (1928). A new radiation. Indian Journal of Physics, 2, 387–398.Google Scholar
  18. Raman, C. V., & Krishnan, K. S. (1928). A new type of secondary radiation. Nature, 121, 501–502.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Rodriguez-Navarro, A. (2011a). A simple index for the high-citation tail of citation distribution to quantify research performance in countries and institutions. PLoS One, 6(5), e20510.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Rodriguez-Navarro, A. (2011b). Measuring research excellence: Number of Nobel Prize achievements versus conventional bibliometric indicators. Journal of Documentation, 67(4), 582–600.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Simons, K. (2008). The misused impact factor. Science, 322(5899), 165.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Vanclay, J. K. (2012). Impact factor: Outdated artefact or stepping stone to journal certification? Scientometrics,. doi:10.1007/s11192-011-0561-0.Google Scholar
  23. van Leeuwen, T. (2012). Discussing some basic critique on journal impact factors: Revision of earlier comments. Scientometrics, 92(2), 443–455.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Immunobiology, Institute of Tissue Transplantation and ImmunologyJinan UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Life Sciences and Technology Base of Basic Science Grade 2011Lanzhou University School of Life SciencesLanzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of StomatologyJinan University School of MedicineGuangzhouChina
  4. 4.Key Laboratory of Functional Protein Research of Guangdong Higher Education InstitutesJinan UniversityGuangzhouChina

Personalised recommendations