A Brief Overview of Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Research in the English-speaking Literature

  • Michael Fitzgerald Edith Cowan University
  • Ross Cutts St Paul's Grammar School, Edith Cowan University
  • Saeed Salimpour Deakin University
  • Stephanie Slater CAPER Centre for Astronomy and Physics Education Research


In this paper, a brief overview of the 250 known academic publications that can be considered Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education related articles is provided. Their method of selection is described as well as their availability on the istardb.org database. The typical types of articles are described and their major locations of publications are outlined. From this a rough impact analysis using a blunt citation metric is used to get a broad feel for the field as a whole. These explorations lead to some fairly compelling conclusions about broadly how to write an article in the field with some impact as well as where and what to publish as the RTSRE field begins to blossom.