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Science in South Korea, 2004-08

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

  Field Percentage of papers
from South Korea
Relative impact
compared to world
Computer Science 6.36 -55
Materials Science 6.24 -9
Engineering 4.60 -23
Pharmacology & Toxicology 4.50 -35
Physics 4.41 -10
Microbiology 4.22 -47
Chemistry 3.18 -10
Agricultural Sciences 2.92 -10
Science in South Korea's overall percent share, all fields: 2.90
Biology & Biochemistry 2.84 -31
Mathematics 2.38 -18
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.99 -41
Clinical Medicine 1.97 -34
Economics & Business 1.68 -38
Neuroscience & Behavior 1.65 -30
Immunology 1.63 -38
Plant & Animal Science 1.59 -5
Environment/Ecology 1.57 -33
Space Science 1.52 -7
Geosciences 1.29 -16
Social Sciences 0.83 -44
Psychiatry/Psychology 0.54 -28

Between 2004 and 2008, Clarivate Analytics indexed 141,317 papers that listed at least one author address in South Korea. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals indexed in the category of computer science. As the right-hand column indicates, the cites-per-paper average for South Korean papers in computer science registered at 45% of the world average by during the five-year period (or 55% below: 0.68 citations per paper for South Korea versus the world mark of 1.51). On the other hand, South Korea’s relative-impact scores were comparatively strong in plant & animal science (just 5% below the world mark), space science (7% below) , and materials science (-9%).

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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