Overview of the ISC Event Bibliography


As of November 2014, the ISC Event Bibliography includes scientific articles that were published in the last 50 years and related to seismic events that occurred in the last 110 years (Fig. 1). A few events in the first half of the 20th century are also included.

We are working on extending the completeness of the Event Bibliography as far as the past and recent instrumentally recorded events are concerned. We are also updating the Event Bibliography on a monthly basis as soon as the new publications become available.

Figure 1. Annual number of publications (top) linked to seismic events, annual number of events (middle) and the distribution of the number of papers related to each seismic event (bottom); there is an on-going effort to fill the gap in the late 1960s and early 1970s as well as in the first part of the 20th century.

The majority of seismic events are described in just one or two scientific publications, yet a few events have attracted a large number of articles. A good recent example is the Wenchuan earthquake of May 12, 2008 that is described in over 900 articles.

Table 1 shows the first twenty authors with the largest number of event-oriented articles included in the ISC Event Bibliography. Please note that this number does not include all articles written by each author and by no means is intended to be viewed as an author ranking.

Authors are encouraged to check for missing publications or associations to other events and report such instances using Submit Your Article or Contact Us.

As of November 2014, the Event Bibliography database contains over 16,000 references from nearly 500 titles. Table 2 lists the first twenty journals containing the largest number of articles included in the ISC Event Bibliography.

AuthorN(papers)
Kanamori,H.
292
Lay,T.
119
Satake,K.
101
Wyss,M.
90
Helmberger,D.
90
Ambraseys,N.N.
89
Okal,E.A.
85
B├╝rgmann,R.
81
Hasegawa,A.
77
Singh,S.K.
75
Sato,T.
74
Aki,K.
70
Jackson,J.A.
70
Hayakawa,M.
64
Liu,J.
64
Mori,J.
61
Dreger,D.
61
Li,Y.
59
Irikura,K.
58
Hauksson,E.
57
Table 1. List of the first twenty authors with the largest number of event-oriented articles included in the ISC Event Bibliography. This number does not include all articles written by each author and by no means is intended to be viewed as an author ranking.
JournalN(papers)
Bull. seism. Soc. Am.
2080
J. geophys. Res.
1145
Geophys. Res. Lett.
1015
Geophys. J. Int.
651
Tectonophysics
632
Earthq. Spectra
439
Pure appl. Geophys.
433
Earth Planets Space
417
Seismol. Res. Lett.
398
Acta seism. sin.
289
Bull. Earthq. Res. Inst. Tokyo Univ.
258
EOS. Trans. Am. geophys. Un.
237
Natural Hazards
231
Annls Geophys.
229
Nature
227
Phys. Earth planet. Interiors
220
Zisin
207
Chinese J. Geophys.
205
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci.
192
J. Seismol.
186
Table 2. List of the first twenty journals with more articles in the ISC Event Bibliography.

Figure 2 shows the spatial distribution of seismic events in the ISC Event Bibliography and the list of the top 50 events by number of associated publications. Unsurprisingly, most of these events occurred in Japan, California, Europe and Central America. For ease of use, we have adopted event codes selected to resemble the event names most commonly used in the literature.

Figure 2. The map of the ISC seismic events color-coded by the number of associated scientific publications (top) and list of the top 50 earthquakes with the largest number of associated publications.