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Week of March 9, 2008

Science in: Israel, 2002-06

Israel's world share of science and social-science papers over a recent five-year period, expressed as a percentage of papers in each of 22 fields in the Thomson Scientific database. Also, Israel's relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.
 

  Field Percentage of papers
from Israel
Relative impact
compared to world
Mathematics 2.52 +7
Computer Science 2.05 +51
Education 1.85 +3
Psychology/Psychiatry 1.78 -8
Neurosciences & Behavior 1.55 -1
Molec. Biol. & Genetics 1.47 +14
Economics & Business 1.46 -1
Immunology 1.45 -12
Space Science 1.43 +45
Clinical Medicine 1.42 -11
Physics 1.38 +35
Social Sciences 1.31 -30
Biology & Biochemistry 1.23 +9
Israel's overall percent share, all fields: 1.23
Engineering 1.13 +14
Microbiology 1.05 +7
Plant & Animal Sciences 1.03 +29
Ecology/Environmental 0.89 -11
Chemistry 0.80 +29
Geosciences 0.74 +9
Pharmacology 0.68 +19
Agricultural Sciences 0.66 +45
Materials Science 0.57 +58

Between 2002 and 2006, Thomson Scientific indexed 49,928 papers that listed at least one author address in Israel. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals categorized under the heading of mathematics. As the right-hand column indicates, the impact (average citations per paper) of mathematics papers from Israel was 7% above the average in the field during the five-year period (1.47 cites per paper for Israel versus a world average of 1.37 citations). In the next field listed, computer science, Israel's cites-per-paper average exceeded the world mark by 51%. In many of the fields listed, and notably in physical-science fields, Israel's relative-impact performance was strong, especially in space science (45% above the world mark), physics (35% above), chemistry (+29%) and materials science (+58%).

SOURCE: National Science Indicators, 1981-2006 (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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