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Citations to Australian Astronomy: 5- and 10-Year Benchmarks

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2013

Katherine H. Kenyon
Affiliation:
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia Canterbury Girls' Secondary College, Mangarra Road, Canterbury, Vic. 3126, Australia
Arjun Paramasivam
Affiliation:
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia John Monash Science School, 1 Wellington Rd, Clayton, Vic. 3168, Australia
Jiachin Tu
Affiliation:
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia John Monash Science School, 1 Wellington Rd, Clayton, Vic. 3168, Australia
Albert Zhang
Affiliation:
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia Ballarat Queen's and Anglican Grammar School, 201 Forest Street, Wendouree, Vic. 3355, Australia
Alister W. Graham*
Affiliation:
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia
*
ECorresponding author. Email: agraham@swin.edu.au
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Expanding upon Pimbblet's 2011 analysis of career h-indices for members of the Astronomical Society of Australia, we provide additional citation metrics which are geared to quantifying the current performance of all professional astronomers in Australia. We have trawled the staff web-pages of Australian Universities, Observatories and Research Organisations hosting professional astronomers, and identified 384 PhD-qualified, research-active, astronomers in the nation. 132 of these are not members of the Astronomical Society of Australia. Using the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System, we provide the three following common metrics based on publications in the first decade of the 21st century (2001–2010): h-index, author-normalised citation count and lead-author citation count. We additionally present a somewhat more inclusive analysis, applicable for many early-career researchers, that is based on publications from 2006–2010. Histograms and percentiles, plus top-performer lists, are presented for each category. Finally, building on Hirsch's empirical equation, we find that the (10-year) h-index and (10-year) total citation count T can be approximated by the relation h (0.5 + √T)/√5 for h ≳ 5.

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