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Russian Science, 2003-07

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

  Field Percentage of papers
from Russia
Relative impact
compared to world
Physics 6.99 -20
Geosciences 6.99 -57
Space Science 6.73 -49
Chemistry 5.13 -64
Mathematics 4.26 -38
Russia's overall percent share, all fields: 2.73
Materials Science 2.62 -51
Engineering 2.32 -29
Molecular Biology & Genetics 2.21 -69
Biology & Biochemistry 2.15 -60
Plant & Animal Sciences 1.41 -54
Microbiology 1.41 -35
Agricultural Sciences 1.06 -61
Ecology/Environmental 1.00 -36
Social Sciences 0.72 -62
Neurosciences & Behavior 0.63 -61
Psychology/Psychiatry 0.50 -66
Computer Science 0.47 -30
Clinical Medicine 0.46 -51
Immunology 0.36 -49
Pharmacology 0.33 -23
Economics & Business 0.23 -34

Between 2003 and 2007, Clarivate Analytics indexed 116,199 papers that listed at least one author address in Russia. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals categorized in two fields: physics and geosciences, where papers from Russia both account for 6.99% of the database. As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper (impact) average for physics papers from Russia during 2003-07 was 20% below the world impact figure for the field (3.17 citations per paper for Russia, versus a world figure of 3.96 cites). Although the impact of Russian research has yet to attain the world average in any of the fields shown, the country demonstrated comparatively strong performance not only in physics but in engineering, computer science, pharmacology, and economics & business. .

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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