The Messenger Astronomical News

The ESO Survey of Non-Publishing Programmes

  • Patat, Ferdinando [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Boffin, Henri M. J. [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Bordelon, Dominic [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Grothkopf, Uta [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Meakins, Silvia [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Mieske, Steffen [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Rejkuba, Marina [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]

Astronomical News

One of the classic ways to measure the success of a scientific facility is the publication return, which is defined as the refereed papers produced per unit of allocated resources (for example, telescope time or proposals). The recent studies by Sterzik et al. (2015, 2016) have shown that 30–50 % of the programmes allocated time at ESO do not produce a refereed publication. While this may be inherent to the scientific process, this finding prompted further investigation. For this purpose, ESO conducted a Survey of Non-Publishing Programmes (SNPP) within the activities of the Time Allocation Working Group, similar to the monitoring campaign that was recently implemented at ALMA (Stoehr et al., 2016). The SNPP targeted 1278 programmes scheduled between ESO Periods 78 and 90 (October 2006 to March 2013) that had not published a refereed paper as of April 2016. The poll was launched on 6 May 2016, remained open for four weeks, and returned 965 valid responses. This article summarises and discusses the results of this survey, the first of its kind at ESO.

Created: 2017-12-01/2017-12-31
7 pages

Cite this article:

F. Patat, H. Boffin, D. Bordelon, U. Grothkopf, S. Meakins, S. Mieske, M. Rejkuba; The ESO Survey of Non-Publishing Programmes. The Messenger 170 (December 2017): 51–57.