SfN07: SfN Meeting data 2001-2006

October 19, 2007

Fascinating data on SfN meeting participation from 2001-2006 is available as a paper placed on arXiv.

An analysis of the abstracts presented at the annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience from 2001 to 2006

Authors: J. M. Lin, J. W. Bohland, P. Andrews, G. Burns, C. B. Allen, P. P. Mitra

I will always have to reference this as the place I picked up the concept that “we need to practice scientific birth control” in discussion of uninterrupted growth in the neuroscience community.

Other tidbits:

  • 60% of abstract authors only attend a single meeting in the surveyed interval.
  • average of 4.3 authors per abstract
  • La Jolla is in the top ten in each year- Represent!
  • no correlation between SfN attendance and NIH budget
  • six degrees (actually 6.09) of separation confirmed for neuroscientists
  • NIH ICs generally get what they pay for

One Response to “SfN07: SfN Meeting data 2001-2006”

  1. PhysioProf Says:

    Yeah, that is facinating. I have two thoughts:

    (1) It seems implausible that there are a few individuals who are authors on more than 100 hundred abstracts, with one author on ~300! Could this be a weakness in their algorithm for disambiguating people with the same name? Maybe these authors are “Smith, J.” or “Wang, J.”?

    (2) Figure 8 is really cool!


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