The Action has a strong track record of publication in peer reviewed scientific journals. From the 350 publications with acknowledgement to the Action published before the end of the Action, 217 publications are co-authored by researchers from more than one COST country; 188 publications are co-authored by researchers from two COST countries while 29 publications have co-authors from three or more COST countries. The graphics display the top 20 countries of the author institutions for all Action publications and their geographical distribution on a map. The statistics demonstrates that the Action is based on a strong European scientific network including a few key partners in overseas countries, specifically in North and South America. The statistics reflects the situation at the end of the Action while cooperation and publication activity are ongoing.
Short Term Scientific Missions
According to the COST rules, Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions or organisations.
The COST Action CM1104 supported 41 STSMs to establish new cooperative projects and to foster existing cooperations, many of them with the maximum duration of three months. The instrument of the STSM has primarily been used by PhD students to learn specific techniques in a partner laboratory or to bring their specific expertise to the partner laboratory but also by ECI and senior researchers to plan collaborative work or for writing scientific publications. Lines in the map connect sending and receiving institutions for the STSMs and form a mesh spanning large parts of Europe.