AIMS Network

Scientific Output of AIMS Alumni

Scientific Output of AIMS Alumni

All alumni until AIMS-year 2013 were analysed, amounting to 560 alumni. 170 alumni were matched to articles in Scopus. Scopus identified 574 unique publications from these 170 alumni.

Key figures

Sum of publications per alumni#
Alumni with at least 1 paper587
Alumni with at least 2 papers170
Female alumni in database174 (31% of alumni)
Male alumni in database293 (69% of alumni)
Female alumni with at least 2 publications24 (14% of female alumni)
Male alumni with at least 2 publications86 (22% of male alumni)
Publications by female alumni95 (16% of publications)
Publications by male alumni492 (84% of publications)
Source: Technopoli 2015, Scopus

In addition to these publications, some alumni have published scientific work outside the scope of Scopus, e.g. on online blogs. From the online profiles and publications provided by AIMS it was found that at least 23 alumni have published papers that are not in the Scopus database. These mostly included papers published in online open sources.

The following analysis is based on publications in the Scopus database.The papers published consist of 75% of articles in journals (including articles in press), 22% of conference papers. The other 3% include notes, book chapters and reviews. The five main subject areas of papers are Mathematics (19%), Physics and Astronomy (19%), Computer Science (11%), Engineering (96%) and Medicine (9%).

Alumni publications per year

Top 10 alumni researchers

Osalusi EmmanuelHeriot-Watt University, International 12 Centre for Island Technology, Edin-
burgh, UK
Source: Technopolis 2015, Scopus


The cumulative number of citations on 30 June 2015 is 1663. The average number of citations per paper is 2.9. How- ever, more than half of the papers have not received any citations. This is not surprising as many papers have been published as conference papers and/or have been published recently. If papers with zero citations are excluded, the average citations per pa amounts to 6.9 per paper. Another key indicator is the h-index, which is 19. Thus, 19 documents of alumni have been cited at least 19 times.

PaperNumber of Citations
Ade, P. A. R., Aghanim, N., Armitage-Caplan, C., Arnaud, M., Ashdown, M, Atrio-Barandela, F., … & Davies, R. D. (2014). Planck 2013 results. XVI. Cos-
mological parametres. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 571, A16.
Skordis, C., Mota, D. F., Ferreira, P. G., & Boehm, C. (2006). Large scale structure in Bekenstein’s theory of relativistic modified Newtonian dynamics. Physical Review Letters, 96(1), 011301.113
Dunkley, J., Bucher, M., Ferreira, P. G., Moodley, K., & Skordis, C. (2005). Fast and reliable Markov chain Monte Carlo technique for cosmological parametre estimation. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 356(3), 925-936.105


Impact factors for the top 5 journals with the most alumni publications.

JournalNumber of publicationSNIP 2004-2014SNIP 2014
Astronomy and Astrophysics171.531.19
Astrophysical Journal171.531.19
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics171.531.19
Physical Review D – Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology171.531.19
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society171.531.19

Network Analysis

Source: Technopolis 2015, Scopus

The figure shows that the alumni work mostly together with researchers from institutes in South Africa, US, Canada and Europe. In Europe the alumni mostly co-published with researchers from the UK, Italy, France, Belgium and Ger- many. Besides South Africa, the alumni co- publish with researchers from other African countries; mainly from Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana, Sudan and Tanzania.

Benchmark with other African Institutes

InstituteNumber of co-publictionsCountry
University of KwaZulu-Natal41South Africa
University of Cape Town33South Africa
Universiteit Stellenbosch32South Africa
South African Astronomical Observatory26South Africa
University of the Western Cape26South Africa
Source: Technopolis 2015, Scopus