Overview of the ISC Event Bibliography


As of August 2021, the ISC Event Bibliography includes scientific articles that were published since the beginning of last century and related to seismic events that occurred since 1904 (Fig. 1).

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 Tohoku earthquake of March 11, 2011 that is described in over 1700 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 August 2021, the Event Bibliography database contains over 25,000 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.
329
Lay,T.
167
Satake,K.
155
B├╝rgmann,R.
122
Xu,C.
117
Okal,E.A.
113
Li,Y.
111
Zhang,Y.
105
Singh,S.K.
103
Liu,J.
100
Wyss,M.
99
Helmberger,D.
99
Ambraseys,N.N.
93
Hasegawa,A.
92
Li,Z.
91
Sato,T.
90
Xu,X.
86
Zhang,J.
85
Jackson,J.A.
84
Wang,Y.
82
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.
2811
J. geophys. Res.
1730
Geophys. Res. Lett.
1459
Geophys. J. Int.
1050
Seismol. Res. Lett.
918
Tectonophysics
857
Pure appl. Geophys.
758
Earth Planets Space
659
Earthq. Spectra
499
Bull. Earthq. Res. Inst. Tokyo Univ.
450
Natural Hazards
351
Annls Geophys.
336
Earth planet. Sci. Lett.
312
Phys. Earth planet. Interiors
310
Nature
301
Acta seism. sin.
290
J. Seismol.
289
J. Asian Earth Sci.
252
J. Japan Assoc. Earthq. Eng.
246
EOS. Trans. Am. geophys. Un.
244
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.