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This section is linked to a project begun by David Jou, Professor of Physics at the UAB and member of the IEC. As part of a bibliometric study of physics in Catalonia, the authors of the most cited physics articles were asked for a personal, unpublished commentary on the origins of the projects. The first round of “Authors’ comments” was published in 2001 by the Institute for Catalan Studies within the book Estudis bibliomètrics sobre la física a Catalunya; this book also included a “Biometric analysis of physics in Catalonia”, “Studies on physics research in Catalonia. Most cited articles” and two appendices with information and summaries of the cited articles. As the authors included in the publication have stated:

“As far as the authors’ comments are concerned, inspired by the ‘Science citation classics’ published in Current Contents, we have put together a document which is interesting in for two reasons: the first is scientific, since it forms a portrait of the problems encountered in physics at for each period, and historical, because the average personal testimony offers a panoramic view of the problems and the enthusiasm for carrying out research in this country.” Lluís Rovira, Pau Senra and David Jou, Estudis bibliomètrics sobre la física a Catalunya (Barcelona: Institut d’Estudis Catalans, 2001), p. 8.

This section contains some of the comments from the first round, and we will add more which are destined for a second round of publication and which appear here for the first time. The comments are limited to physics because they originated in a study being carried out in that discipline, but we would be delighted to extend the initiative to other disciplines. We are very grateful to the authors of the comments for their permission to reproduce them here.

Results (21)         
J.D. Baena, J. Bonache, F. Martín, R. Marqués, F. Falcone, T. Lopetegi, M.A.G. Laso, J. García, I Gil, M. Flores-Portillo and M. Sorolla   [+]
"Equivalent circuit models for split ring resonators and complementary split rings resonators coupled to planar transmission lines", IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 53, pp. 1451-1461, April 2005.

Joaquín Marro   [+]
"Dynamical scaling of structure-function in quenched binary-alloys". Acta Metallurgica, vol. 30 (1982), p. 297-310

Enrique Fernández   [+]
"Determination of the number of light neutrino species"
Physics Letters B, 231 (1989), p. 519-529

"Searches for new particles in Z decay using ALEPH detector"
Physics Reports, 216 (1992), p. 253-340

"A precise determination of the number of families with light neutrinos and the Z boson partial widths"
Physics Letters B, 235 (1990) p. 399-411

Gaspar Orriols   [+]
"An experimental method for the observation of R. F. transitions and laser beat resonances in oriented Na vapour". Il Nuovo Cimento B, vol. 36 (1976), p. 5-20

"Non-absorbing atomic coherences by coherent 2-photon transitions in a 3-level system" Lettere al Nuovo Cimento, vol. 17 (1976), p.333

"Nonabsorption resonances by nonlinear coherent effects in a three-level system". Il Nuovo Cimento B, vol. 53 (1979), p. 1-24

"Nonabsorption hyperfine resonances in a sodium vapour irradiated by a multimode dye laser". Il Nuovo Cimento B, vol. 52 (1979), p. 209-218

Domènec Espriu   [+]
"The QCD effective action at long distance". Nuclear Physics B, vol. 345 (1990), p. 22-56

Lluís Torner   [+]
"Observation of 2-dimensional spatial solitary waves in a quadratic medium". Physical Review Letters, vol. 74 (1995), p. 5036-5039

"Solitary waves due to x(2)/x(2) cascading". J. opt. Soc. Am. B, vol. 11 (1994), p. 2434

Emili Elizalde   [+]
Zeta regularization techniques with applications. Singapur: World Scientific, 1994

Jordi Ortín i Antoni Planes   [+]
"Thermodynamic analysis of thermal measurements in thermoelastic martensitic transformations". Acta Metallurgica, vol. 36 (1998), p. 1873-1889

David Jou i José Casas-Vázquez   [+]
Extended irreversible thermodynamics. Berlin: Springer, 1993 (1a. ed.); 1996 (2a ed.); 2001 (3a ed.).

"Extended irreversible thermodynamics". Reports on Progress in Physics, vol. 51 (1988), p. 1105-1179

"An extension of the local equilibrium hypothesis". Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, vol. 13 (1980), p. 275-290

Joan Martorell   [+]
"Nuclear incompressibility: from finite nuclei to nuclear matter". Nuclear Physics A, vol. 371 (1981), p. 253

J. A. Subirana   [+]
"An X-ray study of the interaction of DNA with spermine". J. Mol. Biol, vol. 42 (1969), p. 363-373

Rolf Tarrach   [+]
"The pole mass in perturbative QCD". Nuclear Physics B, vol. 183 (1981), p. 384-396

Emili Bagan   [+]
"QCD sum-rules in the effective heavy quark theory". Physics Letters B, vol. 278 (1992), p. 457-464

José María Sancho   [+]
"Analytical and numerical studies of multiplicative noise". Physical Review A - General Physics, vol. 26 (1982), p. 1589-1609

Maxi San Miguel   [+]
"The dynamics of first-order phase transitions". A: DOMB, C.; LEBOWITZ, J.L. [ed]. Phase transitionand critical phenomena. Londres: Academic Press, 1983.

Àlvar Sánchez   [+]
"Hysteretic ac losses and susceptibility of thin superconducting disks". J. R. Clem and A. Sanchez, Phys. Rev. B 50, 9355 (1994)

Javier Rodríguez   [+]
"(CdSe)ZnS core-shell quantum dots: Synthesis and characterization of a size series of highly luminescent nanocrystallites". Dabbousi BO, RodriguezViejo J, Mikulec FV, et al.

Oriol Bohigas i Joan Martorell   [+]
"Sum rules for nuclear collective excitations"
Physics Reports, vol.51 (1979), p.267-316

Albert Bramon   [+]
"A vector meson dominance approach to scale invariance" Physics Letters B, vol.41 (1972), p. 609-

Josep Nogués i Ivan Schuller   [+]
"Exchange bias". Jounal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 192 (1999), 203

Javier Tejada   [+]
"Macroscopic measurement of resonant magnetization tunneling in high-spin molecules". Phys. Rev. Lett. 76 (1976), 3830. J.R. Friedman, M.P. Sarachik, J. Tejada and R. Ziolo