FOR POSTING: Book of Scientometrics Volume Two Updated to 28/4/17

There was the usual intense worldwide interest, including known consultations to 28/4/17 in April 2017 from ten out of the top twenty universities in the world (* denotes repeat consultations): Berkeley*, Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern*, Stanford, Pennsylvania, MIT, ETH Zuerich, Cambridge* and Imperial. Today (30/4/17) marks the thirteenth anniversity of the well known daily scientometrics, showing an intense and permanent international interest in the ECE School of Thought, which is not going to go away. For fifteen years, our combined sites and have averaged 1.57 million hits a year for the fourteen years of existence of ECE theory, and 272,725 distinct visits a year for fourteen years. This makes a total of 3,818,147 distinct visits and 21,973,359 hits in fourteen years. This impact is about a thousand times greater than the average impact for the world’s leading research groups, so it is by far the biggest impact in the world, recognized by many honours, nominations and awards, including several nominations (I am told) for the Nobel Prize. The group is led from Craig Cefn Parc and is a completely international group. Without the international colleagues, the impact would never have been possible. Obviously this is by far the biggest impact of any research group in Wales and in Britain. It is the biggest impact in the world by a factor of about a thousand. The active researchers of the group are Horst Eckardt and myself, with occasional research input form Doug Lindstrom, Robert Cheshire, Dennis Davies, Gareth Evans, Trevor Morris and others. Most research groups in the world are much larger. However we can out impact entire institutes. This impact has been sustained for fourteen years (2003 to present), and has been meticulously recorded for thirteen years (30/4/2004 to 30/42017). These scientometrics (computer based website feedback) have made a huge impact in their own right. In complete contrast, the obsolete academic system of publishing turns out 1.8 million papers a year, about half of which are never read at all. Obviously that system is a complete failure. All our calculations are checked by computer algebra, and we are continuously self critical, so ideas develop continuously as is well known worldwide and can be openly (i.e. freely) accessed. These figures compare with a best selling book such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, which has sold about twenty million copies in about a century. Another example is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (published 1960) which has sold forty million copies in about 57 years. Poetry books never sell very much, but the impact of my poetry on combined sites is very high, comparable with Dylan Thomas and more than R. S. Thomas, two great poets. I do not know what “great poet” means, I simply write poetry in Welsh and English and appreciate great poetry and can instantly recognize great poetry. The best poetry by far from Wales is in the Welsh language, so it would be a good idea if people learned their own language.


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