Die Dominanz des einen Prozents

Teil der Operation Frühjahrsputz 2016, in deren Verlauf angefangene und nie beendete Postings einfach so veröffentlicht werden.

Erik Stokstad berichtet über einen PLOS-Artikel, in dem die quantitative Produktivität von Wissenschaftlern vermessen wurde:

John P. A. Ioannidis, Kevin W. Boyack, Richard Klavans (2014): Estimates of the Continuously Publishing Core in the Scientific Workforce. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101698. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101698


Using the entire Scopus database, we estimated that there are 15,153,100 publishing scientists (distinct author identifiers) in the period 1996–2011. However, only 150,608 (1000 citations in the same period. Skipping even a single year substantially affected the average citation impact. We also studied the birth and death dynamics of membership in this influential UCP core, by imputing and estimating UCP-births and UCP-deaths. We estimated that 16,877 scientists would qualify for UCP-birth in 1997 (no publication in 1996, UCP in 1997–2012) and 9,673 scientists had their UCP-death in 2010. The relative representation of authors with UCP was enriched in Medical Research, in the academic sector and in Europe/North America, while the relative representation of authors without UCP was enriched in the Social Sciences and Humanities, in industry, and in other continents.