Facts to consider when analyzing the references of Nobel Prize scientific background


Although the overall analysis of the citations received by Nobel laureates in the scientific background of their Nobel Prize gives an overview of how and when Nobel-awarded discoveries have been achieved and published, it will be interesting to consider the number of mentions of each work co-authored by a Nobel winner in his Nobel Prize scientific background, the works co-authored by Nobel laureates and listed in Further Reading section of Nobel Prize scientific background, the author rank of Nobel laureates in papers cited in Nobel Prize scientific background and the citation and co-citation networks of the research works of Nobel winners to give in-depth explanations of the dynamics of Nobel Prize discoveries.

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    The study shows that Physical Review Letters published 28.5% of the Nobel Prize-awarded papers followed by the Astrophysical journal (11.2%), Science (5.6%) and Nature (4.7%).

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    Nature, 1995—Mentioned eight times.

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    Astrophysical Journal, 1984—Mentioned four times.

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    Astrophysical Journal, 1965—Mentioned three times.

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    Astrophysics and Space Science, 1970—Mentioned three times.

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    Astrophysical Journal, 1970—Mentioned three times.

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    Astrophysical Journal, 1982—Mentioned three times.

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    The journals that mostly published the 132 references of Nobel Prize scientific background having Nobel winners as first authors are Physical Review Letters (17.4%) then the Astrophysical journal (13.6%), Physical Review (8.3%) and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (4.7%).


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We thank Seyed Mohammad Jafar Jalali (Deakin University, Australia) and two other anonymous reviewers for providing useful comments and discussions about this output.

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Turki, H., Hadj Taieb, M.A. & Ben Aouicha, M. Facts to consider when analyzing the references of Nobel Prize scientific background. Scientometrics 124, 787–790 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-020-03456-y

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  • Scientific background
  • Scientometrics
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