Evolving landscape of low-energy nuclear physics publications
Evolution of low-energy nuclear physics publications over the last 120 years has been analyzed using nuclear physics databases. An extensive study of Nuclear Science References, Experimental Nuclear Reaction Data (EXFOR), and Evaluated Nuclear Structure Data File (ENSDF) contents provides a unique picture of refereed and non-refereed nuclear physics references. Significant fractional contributions of non-refereed reports, private communications and conference proceedings in EXFOR and ENSDF databases in the 1970’s reflect extensive experimental campaigns and an insufficient number of research journals. This trend has been reversed in recent years because the number of measurements is much lower, while number of journals is higher. In addition, nuclear physics results are mainly published in a limited number of journals, such as Physical Review C and Nuclear Physics A. In the present work, historic publication trends and averages have been extracted and analyzed using nuclear data mining techniques. The results of this study and implications are discussed and conclusions presented.
KeywordsNuclear science trends Publication analysis Nuclear data mining Relational databases
Mathematical Subject Classification01-02 58Z05
JEL ClassificationC810 C920
The author is grateful to Nuclear Reaction Data Centres (NRDC) network members and Dr. V. Unferth (Viterbo University) for productive discussions and careful reading of the manuscript and useful suggestions, respectively. This work was funded by the Office of Nuclear Physics, Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886 with Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC.
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