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To me it is important to ask if papers coming from the Islands are being read and had some sort of impact.  One measure is the collective citation of papers which came from the Philippines.  But again please read the note below.*

This is the 3rd of the series.  The data in this filler comes from the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) of Thomson.

You might be interested also in the plots of the number of publications and the number of citations.  The rate of increase in the number of citations is greater than the rate of increase in the number of publications.  Does this mean that the quality of the papers also increased?

Here’s how to read the plots from ESI.

Number of Papers (In 5-year Intervals)

The Y axis scale indicates the number of papers published in the period. The X axis is broken down into seven overlapping five-year periods from left to right. Note that the current year contains year-to-date data with the data being updated every two to four months.

Number of Citations (In 5-year Intervals)

The Y axis scale indicates the number of citations received by the papers in the period. The X axis is broken down into seven overlapping five-year periods from left to right. Each five-year period is self-contained; that is, only citations within a time period to articles within that time period are counted. Note that the current year contains year-to-date data with the data being updated every two to four months.

Average Citations per Paper (In 5-year Intervals)

The Y axis scale indicates the average number of citations received by the papers in the period. The X axis is broken down into seven overlapping five-year periods from left to right. Each five-year period is self-contained; that is, only citations within a time period to articles within that time period are counted. Note that the current year contains year-to-date data with the data being updated every two to four months.

Filler series:

Filler 01: What we write about

Filler 02: Who is the most prolific?

*Because I’ve been lazy and will likely to be lazy in the future,  please welcome my Filler series. This series is intended as a break from reading and writing science, and to deal with numbers (or indicators, whatever that means) in general.  I say numbers since most,  if not all of my Fillers,  will be graphs of general interest to the Philippine science community but whose importance is relative.  Relative because they are nice to look at,  some can conclude somethings about them but are probably worthless to a scientist – no new knowledge will be gained by reading this. Unless of course you want to waste your time on a debate about the state of Philippine science and not do science at all.

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