Thursday, May 19, 2011

Records number of citations

It has been a little more than a year since I mentioned about "Record number of equations" in a book about cloud microphysics. This time, the record holder is in a different category, that is the number of references used in a journal article. In her 2003 review article*, Prof. Finlayson-Pitts references a total of 367 articles.

If you are not much in the chemical aspects of the sea salt aerosol but want to learn more about the physical and measurement sides of the subject then you can consult to your one-of-the-high-citing books (over 1800 references) from Lewis and Schwarts (2005)**.

With number of my local article collection reaching over 400 and citation listings reaching up to upper 2 and sometimes 3 digits in most of them, scientific literacy has a great place in the life of a PhD student in atmospheric sciences.

*Finlayson-Pitts, B. J., 2003: The tropospheric chemistry of sea salt: A molecular-level view of the chemistry of NaCl and NaBr. Chem. Rev., 103, 4801-4822.

**Lewis, E. R., and S. E. Schwartz, 2005: Sea Salt Aerosol Production: Mechanisms, Methods, Measurements, and Models. American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC.

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