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South Korean Science, 2003-07

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

  Field Percentage of papers
from S. Korea
Relative impact
compared to world
Materials Science 5.94 +2
Computer Science 5.84 -29
Physics 4.75 -13
Engineering 4.51 -23
Pharmacology 4.20 -38
Chemistry 2.97 -7
Microbiology 2.73 -39
South Korea's overall percent share, all fields: 2.58
Agricultural Sciences 2.48 -6
Biology & Biochemistry 2.25 -31
Mathematics 2.04 -15
Ecology/Environmental 1.73 -35
Clinical Medicine 1.68 -36
Immunology 1.56 -45
Neurosciences & Behavior 1.55 -35
Economics & Business 1.54 -35
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.51 -38
Plant & Animal Sciences 1.47 -6
Space Science 1.27 -21
Geosciences 1.18 -15
Social Sciences 0.73 -36
Psychology/Psychiatry 0.51 -39

Between 2003 and 2007, Clarivate Analytics indexed 109,797 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 materials science. As the right-hand column indicates, the impact of South Korean papers in materials science exceeded the world average by 2% during the five-year period (2.94 citations per paper for South Korea versus the world mark of 2.88). The nation's relative-impact performance was also comparatively strong in agricultural sciences, at 94% of the world mark, or just 6% below, with the same score in plant & animal sciences, and a similar posting in chemistry (93% of the world average).

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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