News Picks : Fewer than 1% of scientists publish yearly
14 July 2014
Science: An analysis of scientific papers published between 1996 and 2011 revealed that fewer than 1% of scientists publish at least one paper per year. The analysis was conducted by John Ioannidis of Stanford University and his colleagues, who found that more than 15 million researchers authored or coauthored a paper in the 15-year period. The 150 608 scientists who published at least once per year were responsible for 41% of all of the papers published. They were also the authors of 87% of the most highly cited papers. Ioannidis suggests in the analysis that many of the scientists might be heads of labs or research groups and so get coauthor credit for the multiple projects they manage. The analysis goes on to list how many authors publish multiple papers per year, with 3269 publishing 10 or more.