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Science in Belgium, 2004-08

Belgium'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, Belgium's relative citation impact compared to the world average
in each field, in percentage terms.

  Field Percentage of papers
from Belgium
Relative impact
compared to world
Microbiology 1.95 +26
Space Science 1.84 +5
Environment/Ecology 1.73 +36
Plant & Animal Science 1.73 +28
Economics & Business 1.70 -7
Agricultural Sciences 1.70 +63
Immunology 1.69 -8
Clinical Medicine 1.66 +55
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.54 +17
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1.45 +20
Computer Science 1.43 +11
Belgium's overall percent share, all fields: 1.41
Mathematics 1.40 +28
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.39 +6
Physics 1.36 +16
Biology & Biochemistry 1.32 +17
Neuroscience & Behavior 1.30 +13
Engineering 1.23 +34
Geosciences 1.18 +51
Chemistry 1.12 +15
Social Sciences 0.96 +14
Materials Science 0.93 +27

Between 2004 and 2008, Clarivate Analytics indexed 68,402 papers that listed at least one author address in Belgium. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of microbiology, followed by space science and environment/ecology. The impact of microbiology papers from Belgium, as the right-hand column indicates, exceeded the world average by 26% during the five-year period (8.89 cites per paper for Belgium versus the world baseline of 7.03 cites per paper). The impact of papers from Belgium-based authors was also notably strong in agricultural sciences (63% above the world average), clinical medicine (55% above), geosciences (+51%), and environment/ecology (+36%).

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).

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