Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Publication Decline

From Anonymous:

I went to Physical Review Letters webpage and did a search for "Los Alamos" in "affiliation"
for a one-year period, then counted the number of papers published each month. March data include papers both already published and accepted. The graph represents only one journal in a multutude, and I make no claim to perfect accuracy. In the March 2005 issue, the range of original submission dates for papers ranges from March to November 2004, with the interval between submission and publication averaging around six months. Thus the somewhat dispersed impact of LANL shutdown should start showing up about now. I make no comments on the graph, but I will gladly update it and refine it if the readers find it useful.


The graph clearly shows that LANL is
a far better lab now than before July
2004. Nanos has improved our world class publication record. By the way this will get worse. A large number of people will be leaving by Aug-Sept. You can count on that. Good job. No single person counts only the whole of LANL. Even after every single person is gone LANL will live on.
If one divides the number of publications by the quantity of programmatic work actually performed, the graph thus composted…(ops)…composited will show an upward trend, which is what we are looking for. Therefore, the LANL report-to-actual-work ratio (a metric of efficiency) will show that our Grand Leader's polices..(ops)… policies are working. The vast majority of managers and deputy managers on floors 3 and 4 of the Administration Building, TA-3/SM-43, has wormly …ops…warmly…endorsed this position.

Baghdad Bob
Nanos will rebuild this lab even if we publish only 10 papers per year.
But those 10 papers will be written in a safe manner, with a large staff
of ergonomic experts to oversee the writing operations and plenty of newly
required safety training to make sure each writer avoids any chance of
repetitive wrist injuries.
You obviously need to compare this plot with similar plots for previous years to take out annual trends, eg., not much getting written in summertime due to vacations showing up as reduced publications 6 months later.
But what if someone prints out 12 bar codes for the 10 papers?
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