Observation of Scientific Publications in Astronomy/Astrophysics

  • Laurence Esterle
  • Michel Zitt
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 256)


One of the assignments of the French Observatoire des Sciences et Techniques is to contribute to discussions on science policy by producing indicators on science and technology. In this work, indicators on scientific publications in the field of astronomy/astrophysics have been elaborated from Institute for Scientific Information (lSI) data. The geographical distribution of astronomy/astrophysics publications and their evolution over a period of 10 years are presented, showing the progression of the European Union. The measure of co-authorship allows in parallel to approach the pattern of co-publications which reflect partly the dynamics of international co-operation. Beyond the interpretation of the results, the main interest of this bibliometric analysis will be to generate attention and discussion on the spatial distribution of publications in astronomy/astrophysics.


European Union International Collaboration European Union Country Specialisation Index Density Index 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence Esterle
    • 1
  • Michel Zitt
    • 2
  1. 1.Observatoire des Sciences et TechniquesParisFrance
  2. 2.IBIS,INRA-LERECONantes Cedex 03France

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