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JCMT and UKIRT Set New Publication Records in 2012

JCMT and UKIRT Break Publication Records Again in 2012

Like all observatories, the JAC routinely tracks the number of published scientific papers each year based on data from our two telescopes; this is then used as a measure of the observatory's productivity. We are delighted to report that 2012 saw both telescopes setting new publication records for the second straight year.

UKIRT's impressive publication numbers continue to grow with a new record of 201 publications, smashing the previous record of 138 set in 2011. Among these is a paper which reported the discovery of WTS-1b, the first extrasolar planet found by the WFCAM Transit Survey (Cappetta et al., 2011, MNRAS, 427, 1877).  The WFCAM Transit Survey began in August 2007.

Observations for UKIDSS commenced in 2005 and the publication of scientific results has been increasing steadily since the first paper appeared in 2006. The graph below shows this increase and the reflects the productivity of survey science. The complete record of UKIRT publications is given here and the UKIDSS-specific papers are listed by the UKIDSS consortium here.

The JCMT continues to top the "century mark," with a new record of 103 publications set in 2012, beating the previous best of 102 set in 2011 and 2003. Interestingly, the instrument that contributed the most papers to this new total is the original SCUBA, which was operational from 1998 to 2005. SCUBA data was used in 54 papers published in 2012. Consider that SCUBA was featured in 77 papers published in 2003 at the height of its on-sky use!

The JCMT's productivity in 2012 is especially impressive considering the focus on commissioning and on-sky testing of SCUBA-2 prior to 2012. As it starts to produce the ground breaking science it was designed for we can be confident that data from SCUBA-2 will feature prominently in future publications. The complete record of JCMT publications is given here.


The specific criteria adopted for inclusion in the publication list can be found here for UKIRT and here for JCMT.

Contact: JAC outreach. Updated: Wed Feb 6 13:26:22 HST 2013

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