You have provided evidence of:
• your published scholarly research, which includes 28 published
articles and conference abstracts;
• 66 citations to your published research;
• LCarivate Analytics' Baseline-Citation Rates and Baseline-
• examples of notable and international citations to your published
• seven letters of recommendation from others in the field.
This criterion has not been met because the evidence submitted does not show
that the beneficiary's contributions are considered to be of major
significance in the field of endeavor.
While the evidence supports that you have made original contributions to the
field, based on the publishing of your scholarly articles in noted journals
in the field, the evidence does not sufficiently demonstrate that your
contributions are of major significance to the field at large. USCIS has
reviewed the letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. These
letters, while they speak well of you and your contributions to the field,
are insufficient to demonstrate the significance of your contributions.
Essentially, the evidence to support the claims made in these letters does
not support that your contributions are of major significance.
The record shows that you published scholarly papers, but it is worthwhile
to note that publications are not as reliable a gauge in determining your
contributions in the field as the number of citations your publications have
garnered. Publishing alone may serve as evidence of originality, but it is
difficult to determine a published work's importance or influence ifthere is
little to no evidence that others have relied on a scientist's findings.
And so, upon examining your citatory history, we have concluded
that, while your research demonstrates original contributions in the field,
the number of citations of your work does not establish contributions of
major significance in the field.
Your citatory history shows that you are first author of only four papers,
crediting you with 66 citations as first author. In your field, as you know,
the first or primary author is usually the scientist with the idea, the
moving force behind the research, and who performs most of the writing and
research, with the assistance of the other authors. It is the first author
who is primarily responsible and accountable for the findings and who
receives most of the acclaim or censure. We believe that you contributed to
the research and writing, but to be primary author of only seven of your
cited papers does not demonstrate contributions of major significance in the
field and, as a result, that your "achievements have been recognized in the
field of expertise."
To assist in determining whether the beneficiary's contributions are
original and of major significance in the field, the petitioner may submit:
• Objective documentary evidence of the significance of the
beneficiary's contribution to the field.
• Documentary evidence that people throughout the field currently
consider the beneficiary's work important.
• Testimony and/or support letters from experts which discuss the
beneficiary's contributions of major significance.
• Evidence that the beneficiary's major significant contribution(s)
has provoked widespread public commentary in the field or has been widely
• Evidence of the beneficiary's work being implemented by others.
Possible evidence may include but is not limited to:
• Contracts with companies using the beneficiary's products;
• Licensed technology being used by others;
• Patents currently being utilized and shown to be significant to
Note: Letters and testimonies, if submitted, must provide as much detail as
possible about the beneficiary's contribution and must explain, in detail,
how the contribution was "original" (not merely replicating the work of
others) and how they were of"major" significance. General statements
regarding the importance of the endeavors which are not supported by
documentary evidence are insufficient.