High, diverse impact for NeuroMat research

Scientific articles produced by members of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) were cited 1,371 times since 2013. In 2014, articles from this center were cited 45 times; in 2018, citations rose to 509. Since its inception, the RIDC NeuroMat has collectively produced 272 publications, roughly 55 items per year.

These figures come from Google Scholar, a tool that indexes scientific publications, such as peer-reviewed journals, papers and books, and pertaining citations. The update of this metric on scientific production on Google Scholar has been a request by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

An interesting feature of the RIDC NeuroMat web of publications is what one could call a research cohesiveness. Many articles are build-ons of key papers, thus leading to research agenda streams. This is the case of the 2013 "Infinite systems of interacting chains with memory of variable length—a stochastic model for biological neural nets," by Antonio Galves and Eva Löcherbach, which have led to other 28 publications which cite this paper directly. The total citation of this paper is 46, ranking fifth on the list of most cited RIDC NeuroMat publications.

Since July 2017, the RIDC NeuroMat has published 44 papers, submitted or uploaded to arXiv 28 papers and had 8 communications in meetings with referee. This data comes from the "Fifth Report of Activities," that covers the period Jun 30, 2017 to Dec 30, 2018 and was submitted to FAPESP last year.

Around 61% of the research produced within the RIDC NeuroMat is published in global top-tier journals. This is again based on data from Google Scholar, that provides a ranking for the most impactful journals in specific fields. For instance, the top ten most cited articles from the RIDC NeuroMat were published in journals that rank among the twenty most impactful publications in Mathematical Physics, Psychiatry, Life Sciences & Earth Sciences, Probability & Statistics with Applications, Neurology and Bioinformatics & Computational Biology.

The ten most cited papers produced within the RIDC NeuroMat appeared in at least 407 media posts, according to Altmetrics measures. These measures include shares on Twitter, Blogs, Facebook pages, Google +, News outlets, Reddit and Wikipedia. Records of media impact are not available for many papers on the RIDC NeuroMat list of publications, so it is expected that this figure is in general much higher even for the ten papers that were looked at. For instance, the paper "Biological Motion Coding in the Brain: Analysis of Visually Driven EEG Functional Networks" is reported to have been referred three times on Wikipedia articles. The RIDC NeuroMat dissemination team updates the website and Facebook page with newer publications periodically.

This piece is part of NeuroMat's Newsletter #59. Read more here

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