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Science in: Australia, 2004-2008

Australia'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   Clarivate Analytics database. Also, Australia's relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.

  Field Percentage of papers
from Australia
Relative impact
compared to world
Environment/Ecology 5.11 +26
Psychiatry/Psychology 5.03 -4
Geosciences 4.99 +27
Plant & Animal Sciences 4.90 +21
Economics & Business 4.88 -23
Social Sciences 4.83 +3
Space Science 4.41 +26
Agricultural Sciences 4.03 +4
Immunology 3.90 +6
Clinical Medicine 3.34 +23
Microbiology 3.04 +14
Australia's overall percent share, all fields: 3.02
Biology & Biochemistry 2.83 +7
Neuroscience & Behavior 2.79 -6
Molec. Biol. & Genetics 2.73 +1
Computer Science 2.70 +5
Engineering 2.32 +9
Mathematics 2.31 +23
Pharmacology & Toxicology 2.21 +13
Materials Science 1.86 +15
Physics 1.75 +30
Chemistry 1.58 +9

Between 2004 and 2008, Clarivate Analytics indexed 147,081 papers that listed at least one author address in Australia. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of environment/ecology. As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of environment/ecology reports from Australia exceeded the world average for the field by 26% (5.56 cites per paper for Australia versus the world mark of 4.43 cites). The relative impact of Australian research was also notably strong in physics (30% above the world figure), geosciences (27% above), and space science (+26%).

SOURCE: National Science Indicators, 1981-2008 (containing listings of output and citation statistics for more than 170 countries; available in standard and deluxe versions from the Research Services Group).

Correction notice, October 14, 2009

The table above contains 21 fields not 22, and the listed paper dates are 2004 and 2008, not 2003 and 2007 as originally published.

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