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 alumni 587
Alumni with at least 1 paper 170
Alumni with at least 2 papers 110
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.

Name Affiliation Publications Citations h- 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 Mbah Yale University, Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis, New Haven, US  






Mazandu Gaston Kuzamunu African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Muizenberg, South Africa  






Mabiala Justin Cyclotron Institute, College Station, US 29 72 6
Okeke Onyekwelu Uzodinma Harvard University, Department of Physics, Cambridge, US  






Hamdouni Yamen N/A 10 92 4
Johnstone-Robertson Simon Peter University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia  






Akofor Earnest Syracuse 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

Alumni Paper reference #
G. Mbianda Puckett, 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 Mugwagwa Den 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.Abdussalam Conlon, 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.Abdussalam Feroz, 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.Abdussalam Feroz, 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

Journal Number of publication SNIP 2004 – 2014 SNIP 2014
Physical Review C – Nuclear Physics 13 1.64 1.649
PLoS ONE 10 0.74 1.034
Journal of Physics: Conference Series 9 0.24 0.266
Journal of High Energy Physics 8 1.09 1.048
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

Institute Number of c0-publications Country
University of Cape Town 83 South Africa
Stellenbosch University 61 South Africa
University of KwaZulu-Natal 41 South Africa
University of the Western Cape 38 South Africa
University of Witwatersrand 36 South Africa
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 23 Belgium
Heriot-Watt University 21 United Kingdom
Cyclotron Institute 20 United States
Texas A and M University 19 United States
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 17 South Africa
Ithemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences 16 South Africa
University of Cambridge 15 United Kingdom
INFN – Laboratori Nazionali del Sud 15 Italy
Yale University 14 United States
Khartoum University 14 Sudan

Source: Technopolis 2015, Scopus