WHOI Researchers Among the "Most Cited"

Scientists writing papers that matter to other scientists


Two international surveys have ranked WHOI among the top ten institutions for the number of times their research papers are cited in other refereed scientific publications. Another statistical survey ranked one of the Institution’s scientists among the most-cited for earthquake research.

The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Essential Science Indicators ranked WHOI ninth among 338 institutions in attracting citations to its work in geosciences from 1993 to 2003. Scientific authors made 32,847 citations to 1,935 WHOI-authored research papers in geosciences, or 16.98 citations per WHOI paper.

NASA topped the geosciences citation list with a total of 83,362 citations for its 5,151 papers. WHOI ranked higher on the citation list than MIT, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Harvard, Princeton, UCLA, and the French National Center for Scientific Research, among others. WHOI achieved its rank despite conducting research in only half of the 18 geoscience subject areas covered by the study. WHOI also had the smallest number of employees and the smallest operating budget of those institutions in the top 20.

Jian Lin, an associate scientist in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, was recognized by ISI as a co-author of the most cited paper on earthquake research in the past decade. “Static stress changes and the triggering of earthquakes,” co-authored with Ross Stein and Geoffrey King in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, ranks first among all earthquake papers with 243 citations. Overall, Lin has published 46 papers in the geosciences, and his work had been cited 1,040 times through November 2003.

In another ISI survey, WHOI was second among institutions in the rate at which their papers in pharmacology and toxicology were cited. Forty-one papers by WHOI authors were cited 1,950 times, or 47.56 citations per paper.