TABLE 2-1 U.S. Share of Articles in Three Nuclear and Radiochemistry–Related Journals, 2006–2010
|Total number of articles||Total U.S. articles||E-mail address ending of corresponding author|
|Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry||2,294||393||198||114||39||42|
*includes: .org, .net, and others.
SOURCE: Committee-generated search of Web of Science database (Thomson Reuters).
TABLE 2-2 Count of Published Theses of U.S. Nuclear and Radiochemistry Faculty Advisors and their Advisees According to Subject Terms Identified through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database
|Thesis Subject Term||Advisors||Advisees|
|With nuclear chemistry and other subject term(s)||7||87|
|Nuclear chemistry only||21||31|
|Without nuclear chemistry||21||111|
SOURCE: Committee-generated table from data obtained through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. For more information, see Table E-1.
A comparison of the subject terms on the published theses of both advisors and advisees is shown in Table 2-2. What stands out in these data is that many of the advisors listed research areas and thesis subjects other than nuclear chemistry on their theses, as did their advisees, and the proportions for each group are quite different: nuclear chemistry was chosen much less often by the advisees. From these data, the committee concluded that the self-identification of nuclear and radiochemists varies and has changed over time, and that simply following the numbers of nuclear chemistry Ph.D.s reported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) through 2003 provides an incomplete picture of the numbers of experts in this subfield of chemistry.
Both the SED and PQDT data thus likely present an undercount of available nuclear experts in the field because Ph.D. researchers come from a wide range of backgrounds and do not always label their work as “nuclear chemistry.” For example, two committee members, Carolyn Anderson and Sue Clark, were identified in the DNCT faculty list (Appendix E; ACS 2008). Both are academic faculty members in nuclear and radiochemistry, but they have contrasting thesis subject terms: Anderson chose chemistry, analytical