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Science in Italy, 2003-07

Italy's world share of science and social-science papers over the last five years, expressed as a percentage of papers in each of 21 fields in the Thomson Reuters database. Also, Italy's relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.

  Field Percentage of papers from Italy Relative impact
compared to world
Space Science 11.32 +12
Mathematics 5.97 +9
Neurosciences & Behavior 5.48 -5
Clinical Medicine 5.29 +17
Immunology 5.18 -6
Physics 5.09 +20
Geosciences 5.01 +2
Pharmacology 4.99 +3
Engineering 4.87 +5
Computer Science 4.77 +2
Molecular Biology & Genetics 4.71 -16
Italy's overall percent share, all fields: 4.46
Biology & Biochemistry 4.29 -8
Chemistry 4.15 +4
Agricultural Sciences 3.79 +21
Plant & Animal Sciences 3.61 -12
Microbiology 3.54 -14
Ecology/Environmental 3.34 -7
Economics & Business 2.83 -24
Materials Science 2.55 +8
Psychology/Psychiatry 2.16 +16
Social Sciences 1.12 +2

Between 2003 and 2007, Thomson Reuters indexed 189,982 papers that listed at least one author address in Italy. Of these papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of space science, followed by mathematics and neurosciences & behavior. As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average for space-science papers from Italy was 12% above the world average in the field (8.74 cites per paper for Italy versus the world mark of 7.80 cites per paper). The nation also performed strongly in agricultural sciences (21% above the world mark), physics (20% above), clinical medicine (+17%), and psychology/psychiatry (+16%).

SOURCE: National Science Indicators, 1981-2007 (containing listings of output and citation statistics for more than 170 countries; available in standard and deluxe versions from the Research Services Group).

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