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Science in: England, 2003-07

England'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 Reuters database. Also, England's relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms. These figures pertain to England alone and do not include Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

  Field Percentage of papers
from England
Relative impact
compared to world
Space Science 14.92 +32
Education 14.51 +4
Economics & Business 13.25 +7
Social Sciences 12.30 +11
Psychology/Psychiatry 11.06 +15
Geosciences 9.53 +38
Molecular Biology & Genetics 9.36 +28
Neurosciences & Behavior 9.33 +23
Clinical Medicine 8.85 +27
Immunology 8.84 +12
Microbiology 7.76 +33
Biology & Biochemistry 7.59 +31
England's overall percent share, all fields: 7.40
Ecology/Environmental 6.86 +39
Engineering 6.45 +8
Pharmacology 6.18 +38
Plant & Animal Science 5.98 +61
Computer Science 5.92 +1
Physics 5.57 +42
Mathematics 5.44 +19
Chemistry 4.96 +26
Materials Science 4.90 +23
Agricultural Sciences 4.12 +57

Between 2003 and 2007, Thomson Scientific indexed 315,009 papers that listed at least one author address in England. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of space science, followed by education and economics & business. As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper score for space-science papers from England exceeded the world average in the field by 32% (10.32 average citations for England versus the world score of 7.80). In all the other fields, similarly, England surpassed the world average, with notably strong performance in plant & animal science (61% above the world mark), agricultural sciences (57% above), and physics (+42%).

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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