We are proud to share with you the exciting news that on Friday, June 19, CMS reached a momentous milestone by submitting its 1,000th paper for publication. In doing so, CMS became the first experiment in the history of HEP to reach this outstanding total of papers.
The very first paper published by the CMS collaboration as a whole was a description of the detector, submitted early in 2008. This was followed in 2009 by a series of papers describing the preoperation tuning of the apparatus using cosmic rays. The first publications of physics results based on LHC collisions appeared very soon after the LHC commenced operation at the end of 2009, and they have been issued at an average rate of about 100 papers per year since then. The publications timeline of collider-data papers split by physics topics is available on the CMS publications webpage.
The scientific impact of CMS publications has been at the highest level. Approximately a third are published as letters in Physical Review Letters or Physics Letters B, where the standards for significance and timeliness are even more stringent than those required for longer articles. Indeed, several CMS letters have been singled out for special recognition as “Editor’s Selection,” a testament to the utmost importance of those results.
By happy coincidence, the 1,000th CMS paper has been submitted close to the eighth anniversary of the most notable paper submitted so far, that reporting the observation of the Higgs boson, paper number 183, which was submitted in July 2012. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to a Nobel Prize.
Not only has the number of papers produced by CMS reached an unprecedented level, but the diversity of physics topics covered is also unparalleled. Just one decade ago the high-energy physics field exploited three different types of accelerators to pursue separately research at the energy frontier, the intensity frontier and on heavy-ion collisions under extreme conditions. In contrast, the advanced design of the CMS detector, made possible by a long program of R&D, and the remarkable flexibility of the LHC accelerator, have enabled CMS to publish world-class results probing all three boundaries of knowledge.
The exceptional success of CMS is a testimony to the skill and dedication of the collaboration, and credit for reaching the milestone of 1,000 publications belongs to all its members.
Boaz Klima is a Fermilab scientist and chair of the CMS Publications Committee.