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Usefulness and dangers of relying on grant acknowledgments in an observatory bibliography
Author(s): Sherry Winkelman; Arnold Rots
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present a quantitative assessment of how well grant and/or program acknowledgments reflect the science impact of Chandra observing, archive, and theory programs and to assess whether observatory acknowledgments alone are a good indicator for inclusion in an observatory bibliography. For grant citations we find that curators will often need to determine the correct grant being cited and they will need to assess relationship between the content of a paper and the grant proposal being cited for statistics to be meaningful. We also find a significant number of papers can be attributed to observing programs through grant links only and that performing full-text searches against the ADS for grant numbers can lead to additional articles for inclusion in the bibliography. When looking at acknowledgment sections as a whole, we find that using an observatory acknowledgment as the sole source for determining inclusion in a bibliography will greatly underestimate the number of science papers attributable to the observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99101W (11 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231668
Show Author Affiliations
Sherry Winkelman, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Arnold Rots, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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