Motivation for the ISC Event Bibliography

Seismologists often need to identify and review scientific articles related to specific earthquakes or other seismic events that occurred at particular times or in specific regions. Most advanced bibliographical searches such as Google Scholar would require them to type a text string containing a commonly used name for the earthquake or the region and date it occurred. The search may need to be repeated several times to account for all possible transliterations of a place name in English, several different ways of specifying a date and a variety of names of the area where the earthquake has occurred. The results then have to be merged and the unavoidable duplicates removed. The procedure is daunting and often leads to unstable results.

The ISC Event Bibliography allows users to search for references to scientific publications linked to both natural and anthropogenic events that have occurred in the geographical region of their interest by performing an interactive search based on earthquake (location, time) and/or publication parameters (author name, journal, year of publication, etc.).

The output is presented in a format accepted by major scientific journals. For most recent publications the results would include the DOI, allowing users a direct access to scientific articles from corresponding journal websites.

The ISC Event Bibliography is intended to include those publications that are dedicated to specific seismic events. Publications describing global earthquake catalogues, such as the GCMT, ISC-EHB or ISC-GEM are not linked to the Event Bibliography, nor are the publications that deal with seismicity of specific regions or include large regional earthquake catalogues.

When possible, we also attempt to include publications not written in English. We make no judgement of quality of scientific articles.

The ISC Event Bibliography is not yet comprehensive to include all relevant articles. We continue to include further entries and inviting our users to help us with necessary updates.

References to publications are not limited to Seismology but they cover a broad range of disciplines in Earth Sciences, Geophysics and Engineering, as summarized in the figure below. This feature makes the Event Bibliography an attractive tool for multidisciplinary studies and useful for researchers and students from different fields.

This ISC product also facilitates the work of authors, reviewers and journal editors during the entire process of scientific article publication.