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Article four (August 2002):

ejge Report

by Mete Oner

Facts and Stats on ejge


The first, premiere volume of ejge was published in 1996. It included exclusively invited State-of-the-Art papers. The selection of the authors was done by the Founding Editor-in-Chief, Mete Oner, and his right-hand at the time, Engineering Geologist (Master of Geotechnical Engineering) Debra Melland, with advice received from the Advisory Board.

The second volume of ejge, 1997, just consisted of four papers, which were essentially the late submissions from the invited authors of the premier volume.

No one was invited for the remaining volumes, but papers kept coming at an increasing rate.

This is now the middle of 2002, and some 80 papers have been published by ejge during its initial period of 1996-2002.

Contributors were from most countries in the world, 25 countries to be exact. Some countries made just one contribution, while others went up to 21.

Which countries are these?

Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, México, Russia, Serbia (Yugoslavia), Sweden, Sudan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

This sure is a pretty impressive list, don't you agree?

How we counted

Before I give you the counts for each country, I need to clarify the method of counting. Some papers were authored by several people from the same country while others were by people from a number of different countries. It seemed most reasonable to adopt a set of uniform criteria:

  1. The working and living addresses that an author specifies determines which country the author is "from"
  2. Several authors in a paper from the same country count as one for that country
  3. If various authors in a paper are from different countries, each country gets one count

Country Contribution Stats

The contributions of each of the 25 countries, as defined by the rules given above, are presented in Table 1 (in the now-classic ejge table format).

Table 1. Contributions to the ejge
1996 through mid-2002
CountryNumber of
Serbia (Yugoslavia)1
United Kingdom7
United States of America21

Missing countries?

When you look at the table you can't help but wonder, "where are some countries we hear so much from in other instances?" Indeed, some countries that are known to have been active in research and publication in other forums have not shown up in ejge yet. Italy, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, and Finland are in the group that make up the mystery group.

Then there are other European countries that make up the handicapped group: Island, Luxembourg, and Switzerland, which are excused due to their lack of soil, people, or time off from other fun activities such as skiing and counting money.

A third group of countries that could have made a contribution to ejge but so far did not are some of the former Soviet countries. This includes Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Azerbaycan, Armenia, Gorgia, Makedonia, and Poland.

No, I didn't misspell some of the names. You see, Azerbaycan, Gorgia, and Makedonia are the way they spell and pronounce themselves, and I don't understand why some people want to change them. These are misspellings. Your editor won't make such mistakes.

Some Fun Comments

(1) There is no such people who call themselves Azerbayjani --there is no such word-- they call themselves (as well as their neighbors) Azeri thank you very much; Azerbaycan (the 'c' pronounced like 'j' in English) is the name of their country, like all their neighbors and themselves call it. Azerbaycan is just a poetic-sounding place-name, like the Frenginar of Frengi's. Now you don't call Frengi's Frenginari's do you?

(2) Gorgia is the right spelling for Eduard Shevarnadze's country. They, as well as all their neighbors, call them Gorgy's not Georgy's. So their country is called Gorgia, as it has never had anything to do with the English King George, as the US State of Georgia has. Why on earth do you want to confuse the two?

(3) It is Makedonia, not Macedonia. They call it Makedonia themselves. That's how Alexander the Great called it. All their neighbors call it Makedonia; in fact that's just about the only thing their neighbors, Greeks and Turks, agree on. They all spell it with either 'K' or kappa or its Cyrillic equivalent that looks like a 'K' with dancing arms. In fact, the internet's two-letter country designation is .mk, not .mc.

Now you are cultured.


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