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OKC leads in international publications at Stockholm University

Stockholm University (SU) is currently in the process of developing a strategy to support and encourage its continued internationalization. One way to quantify the internationalization of a group is by analyzing the number of publications with international co-authors that are produced by that group. An internal SU report, released in the spring of 2018, presents an analysis of international publications for various departments and research centers using data from 2012-2017.

With 96% of all its publications having at least one co-author with an affiliation outside of Sweden, the Oskar Klein Center has the highest percentage of international publications of all the SU departments and centers considered in the analysis. The most frequent affiliation of international co-authors for OKC publications is the United States. Three groups at SU have greater than 90% of their publications with international co-authors : the OKC, the Astronomy department, and NORDITA.

The OKC is also one of the top producers of “Highly Cited” papers (papers that are within the top 1% in number of citations for a given subfield in a given year as determined by the Web of Science) at SU. The only group with a higher ratio of “Highly Cited” papers compared to their total output is the Stockholm Environmental Institute.

Interview with Giovanni Camelio

I was born in Milan, Italy. I took my bachelor and master in Physics at the University of Milan “Degli Studi,” and I took my PhD in Physics in the University of Rome “Sapienza.” I have always wanted to be a scientist; I remember that I chose to become a physicist in high school when I was studying optic waves and in particular the redshift effect. What really impressed me was how the description of that phenomenon was easy and straightforward after putting it in a mathematical form.

The thing I like the most about being a scientist is the possibility to devote my time to study and understand reality. What I really dislike is the rush to publish. This attitude causes the problems that afflict modern science and deprives the work of any pleasure and of its real goal, namely the effort to deepen our understanding of nature.

What is your field of research and/or what project are you involved in at the OKC?
My research field is the study of hot neutron stars. My project here is to implement a code that describes the neutrino diffusion in a rotating neutron star, fully accounting for general relativity effects. We will use this code to study super-massive neutron stars that originate from a binary neutron star merger.

Which of your skills are you most proud of? What new skills would you like to learn in the next year?
I think that my strength as a scientist is my multidisciplinarity (I have worked on different topics in my career) and my intuition. In the next year I would like to have more time to study and improve my mathematical skills.

If you had unlimited funding, to be spent on something scientifically relevant, what would you use it for?
If I had unlimited funding, that in my case specifically means unlimited time, I would work on the problem of determining the oscillation modes of a rotating neutron star. These permit us to study the stability of neutron stars and their gravitational wave emission.

What’s your favorite food? Why?
My favorite food is beef liver with onions. I don’t know why.

How do you relax after a hard day of work?
After work I enjoy the company of friends, and alternatively reading or drawing.

What do you hope to see accomplished scientifically in the next 50 years?
Realistically, in the next 50 years I would like to see consensus on the origin of dark matter. Moreover, it would be great to have a quality evaluation paradigm for scientists that wouldn’t actually harm science.

Giovanni is a postdoc in the SU Astronomy Department who joined the OKC in the fall of 2017.
Thanks Giovanni!