What’s the difference between publications and related publications?

In an author profile on MathSciNet, you will often see two numbers for publications:  Total Publications and Total Related Publications.  What’s the difference?  

The answer is that the first counts publications that you authored, such as a book or an article.  The second counts publications that you had a part in, but didn’t author.  Examples are books where you were the translator, conference proceedings where you were an editor, or a biography where you were the subject.  Loosely speaking, a related publication is one in which your name is part of the bibliographic information, but you were not the author.

ExampleAaron Bertram

Screen shot of Aaron Bertram's Author Profile page on MathSciNet

Bertram has 37 “regular” publications.  Let’s look at the first few by clicking on “Publications” in the box just underneath the photo and the counts:

Selecting "Publications" from an author profile on MathSciNet

The top seven results are in and we have:

MR1454400  Bertram, Aaron Quantum Schubert calculus. Adv. Math. 128 (1997), no. 2,289–305. (Reviewer: Sara C. Billey) 14M15 (14N10)

MR1092845 Bertram, AaronEin, LawrenceLazarsfeld, Robert Vanishing theorems, a theorem of Severi, and the equations defining projective varieties. J. Amer. Math. Soc. (1991), no. 3, 587–602. (Reviewer: Marco Andreatta) 14F17 (14J99 14N05)

MR1320154 Bertram, AaronDaskalopoulos, GeorgiosWentworth, Richard Gromov invariants for holomorphic maps from Riemann surfaces to Grassmannians. J. Amer. Math. Soc. 9(1996), no. 2, 529–571. (Reviewer: Jun Li) 14N10 (14D99 14M15 58D10) 

MR2998828 Arcara, DanieleBertram, Aaron Bridgeland-stable moduli spaces for K-trivial surfaces. With an appendix by Max Lieblich. J. Eur. Math. Soc. (JEMS) 15 (2013), no. 1, 1–38. (Reviewer: Pawel Sosna) 14F05 (14D20) 

MR1706853 Bertram, AaronCiocan-Fontanine, IonuţFulton, William Quantum multiplication of Schur polynomials. J. Algebra 219 (1999), no. 2, 728–746. (Reviewer: Laurent Manivel) 14N35 (05E05 14N15)

MR3010070 Arcara, DanieleBertram, AaronCoskun, IzzetHuizenga, Jack The minimal model program for the Hilbert scheme of points on 2 and Bridgeland stability. Adv. Math. 235 (2013), 580–626. (Reviewer: Yifei Chen) 14E30 (14C05 14D23) 

MR1158344 Bertram, Aaron Moduli of rank-2 vector bundles, theta divisors, and the geometry of curves in projective space. J. Differential Geom. 35 (1992), no. 2, 429–469. (Reviewer: Arnaud Beauville) 14H60 (14D20)

Note that Aaron Bertram is an author on each of these.

Now let’s try the other list, Related Publications:

Selecting "Related Publications" in an author profile page on MathSciNet

The results are:

MR2483944  Algebraic geometry—Seattle 2005. Part 2. Papers from the AMS Summer Research Institute held at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, July 25–August 12, 2005. Edited by D. Abramovich, A. Bertram, L. Katzarkov, R. Pandharipande and M. Thaddeus. Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics, 80, Part 2. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2009. pp. i–xiv and 489–1004. ISBN: 978-0-8218-4703-9 14-06 

MR2483929 Algebraic geometry—Seattle 2005. Part 1. Papers from the AMS Summer Research Institute held at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, July 25–August 12, 2005. Edited by D. Abramovich, A. Bertram, L. Katzarkov, R. Pandharipande and M. Thaddeus. Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics, 80, Part 1. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2009. xiv+487 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8218-4702-2 14-06 

MR2222641 Snowbird lectures on string geometry. Proceedings of the AMS-IMS-SIAM Joint Summer Research Conference on String Geometry held in Snowbird, UT, June 5–11, 2004. Edited by Katrin Becker, Melanie Becker, Aaron Bertram, Paul S. Green and Benjamin McKay. Contemporary Mathematics, 401. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2006. xii+104 pp. ISBN: 0-8218-3663-3 81-06 (14-06) 

MR1942135 Symposium in Honor of C. H. Clemens. A weekend of algebraic geometry in celebration of Herb Clemens’s 60th birthday held at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, March 10–12, 2000. Edited by Aaron Bertram, James A. Carlson and Holger Kley. Contemporary Mathematics, 312. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2002. x+289 pp. ISBN: 0-8218-2152-0 14-06 (00B30)

In the bibliographic information, you can see that Bertram is an editor of each of these.

If you go to the listing for one of the items, you can see a new box labeled “Related”.

MathSciNet item with "related" box displayed.

This shows all the people associated to the item in some way other than as an author.  In this case, it is listing the editors of the volume.  The next example shows another possibility.

If we look at Gauss’s profile, we see that he has 36 Publications and 239 Related Publications.   Among Gauss’s related publications, a few sample items are:

MR3576593  Rowe, David E. Looking back on Gauss and Gaussian legends: answers to the quiz from 37(4). Math. Intelligencer 38 (2016), no. 4, 39–45. 01A55 (01A70)

MR0966232  Almkvist, GertBerndt, Bruce Gauss, Landen, Ramanujan, the arithmetic-geometric mean, ellipses, π, and the Ladies diary. Amer. Math. Monthly 95 (1988), no. 7, 585–608. (Reviewer: R. A. Askey) 01A50 (01A55 01A60 33A25) 

MR2308277  Goldstein, CatherineSchappacher, Norbert A book in search of a discipline (1801–1860). The shaping of arithmetic after C. F. Gauss’s Disquisitiones arithmeticae3–65, Springer, Berlin, 2007. 01A55 (11-03 11A15 11L03)

MR0392346 Schimank, Hans Carl Friedrich Gauß. (German) Gauß-Gesellschaft Göttingen, Mitteilungen No. 8, pp. 6–31. (14 plates) Gauß-Gesellschaft, Göttingen, 1971. 01A55 

MR0532650 Wussing, Hans Carl Friedrich Gauss. (German) Second edition. Biographien Hervorragender Naturwissenschaftler, Techniker und Mediziner, 15. BSB B.G. Teubner Verlagsgesellschaft, Leipzig, 1976. 100 pp. (1 plate). 01A70 

MR1138221 Schneider, Ivo Gauss’ contribution to probability theory. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (Guarujá, 1989), 72–85, Sympos. Gaussiana Ser. A Math. Theoret. Phys., 1, Inst. Gaussianum, Toronto, ON, 1990. 01A55 (60-03)

Notice that Gauss neither wrote nor edited any of these.  Rather, each is about him and his work.

I hope this post helps explain the difference between the two types of publications in an author profile.


About Edward Dunne

I am the Executive Editor of Mathematical Reviews. Previously, I was an editor for the AMS Book Program for 17 years. Before working for the AMS, I had an academic career working at Rice University, Oxford University, and Oklahoma State University. In 1990-91, I worked for Springer-Verlag in Heidelberg. My Ph.D. is from Harvard. I received a world-class liberal arts education as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University.
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1 Response to What’s the difference between publications and related publications?

  1. sukumar says:

    Thank you for the explanation and information.

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