Scientific output of AIMS alumni

All alumni until AIMS-year 2013 were analysed, amounting to 560 alumni. 170 alumni were matched to articles in Scopus. Scopus identified 574 unique publications from these 170 alumni.

Key figures

Sum of publications per alumni587
Alumni with at least 1 paper170
Alumni with at least 2 papers110
Female alumni in database
Male alumni in database
174 (31% of alumni)
293 (69% of alumni)
Female alumni with publications
Male alumni with publication
39 (22% of female alumni)
131 (33% of male alumni)
Female alumni with at least
2 publications
Male alumni with at least
2 publications
24 (14% of female alumni)

86 (22% of male alumni)

Publications by female alumni
Publications by male alumni
95 (16 % of publications)
492 (84% of publications)

Source: Technopolis 2015, Scopus

In addition to these publications, some alumni have published scientific work outside the scope of Scopus, e.g. on online blogs. From the online profiles and publications provided by AIMS it was found that at least 23 alumni have published papers that are not in the Scopus database. These mostly included papers published in online open sources.

The following analysis is based on publications in the Scopus database.The papers published consist of 75% of articles in journals (including articles in press), 22% of conference papers. The other 3% include notes, book chapters and reviews. The five main subject areas of papers are Mathematics (19%), Physics and Astronomy (19%), Computer Science (11%), Engineering (96%) and Medicine (9%).

Alumni publications per year

Alumni publications per year

Top 10 alumni researchers

According to their h-index and number of citations.

NameAffiliationPublicationsCitationsh- index

Osalusi Emmanuel

Heriot-Watt University, International Centre for Island Technology, Edinburgh, UK 






Abdussalam Shehu Shuaibu,Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Triestem Italy 






Ndeffo Martial Loth MbahYale University, Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis, New Haven, US 






Mazandu Gaston KuzamunuAfrican Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Muizenberg, South Africa 






Mabiala JustinCyclotron Institute, College Station, US29726
Okeke Onyekwelu UzodinmaHarvard University, Department of Physics, Cambridge, US 






Hamdouni YamenN/A10924
Johnstone-Robertson Simon PeterUniversity of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia 






Akofor EarnestSyracuse University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, US 







Worku Dawit Solomon

University of Cape Town, UCT-CERN Research, Centre and Department of Physics, Cape Town, South Africa 













The cumulative number of citations on 30 June 2015 is 1663. The average number of citations per paper is 2.9. However, more than half of the papers have not received any citations. This is not surprising as many papers have been published as conference papers and/or have been published recently. If papers with zero citations are excluded, the average citations per pa amounts to 6.9 per paper. Another key indicator is the h-index, which is 19. Thus, 19 documents of alumni have been cited at least 19 times.

The top 5 cited papers

AlumniPaper reference#
G. MbiandaPuckett, A. J. R., Brash, E. J., Jones, M. K., Luo, W., Meziane, M., Pentchev, L., …& Huber, G. M. (2010). Recoil polarization measurements of the proton electromagnetic form factor ratio to Q 2= 8.5 GeV 2. Physical review letters, 104(24), 242301.112
Tendai MugwagwaDen Braber, I., Mugwagwa, T., Vrisekoop, N., Westera, L., Mögling, R., de Boer, A. B., … & Tesselaar, K. (2012). Maintenance of peripheral naive T cells is sustained by thymus output in mice but not humans. Immunity, 36(2), 288-297.71
Shehu S.AbdussalamConlon, J. P., Abdussalam, S. S., Quevedo, F., & Suruliz, K. (2007). Soft SUSY breaking terms for chiral matter in IIB string compactifications. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2007(01), 032.54
Shehu S.AbdussalamFeroz, F., Allanach, B. C., Hobson, M., AbdusSalam, S. S., Trotta, R., & Weber, A.M. (2008). Bayesian selection of sign µ within mSUGRA in global fits including WMAP5 results. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2008(10), 064.53
Shehu S.AbdussalamFeroz, F., Allanach, B. C., Hobson, M., AbdusSalam, S. S., Trotta, R., & Weber, A.M. (2008). Bayesian selection of sign µ within mSUGRA in global fits including WMAP5 results. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2008(10), 064.50

Source: Technopolis 2015, Scopus


Impact factors for the top 5 journals with most the alumni publications

JournalNumber of publicationSNIP 2004 – 2014SNIP 2014
Physical Review C – Nuclear Physics131.641.649
PLoS ONE100.741.034
Journal of Physics: Conference Series90.240.266
Journal of High Energy Physics81.091.048
Physical Review D – Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology 






The overall average SNIP factor per publication is 1.1, which indicates that AIMS Alunni publish in journals that perform slightly better than other journals in similar fields.

Network Analysis

Network analysis of alumni publications

The figure shows that the alumni work mostly together with researchers from institutes in South Africa, US, Canada and Europe. In Europe the alumni mostly co-published with researchers from the UK, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany. Besides South Africa, the alumni co- publish with researchers from other African countries; mainly from Nigeria, Algeria, Ghana, Sudan and Tanzania.

Top 15 institutes in terms of co-publications

InstituteNumber of c0-publicationsCountry
University of Cape Town83South Africa
Stellenbosch University61South Africa
University of KwaZulu-Natal41South Africa
University of the Western Cape38South Africa
University of Witwatersrand36South Africa
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven23Belgium
Heriot-Watt University21United Kingdom
Cyclotron Institute20United States
Texas A and M University19United States
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research17South Africa
Ithemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences16South Africa
University of Cambridge15United Kingdom
INFN – Laboratori Nazionali del Sud15Italy
Yale University14United States
Khartoum University14Sudan

Source: Technopolis 2015, Scopus