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Science in: Scotland, 2003-07

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

  Field Percentage of papers from Scotland Relative impact
compared to world
Space Science 2.34 +67
Plant & Animal Sciences 1.92 +40
Microbiology 1.90 +30
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.78 +27
Education 1.75 +8
Social Sciences 1.64 +11
Ecology/Environmental 1.52 +37
Biology & Biochemistry 1.48 +31
Geosciences 1.48 +6
Psychology/Psychiatry 1.33 +16
Immunology 1.33 +13
Economics & Business 1.31 +1
Neurosciences & Behavior 1.27 +7
Clinical Medicine 1.21 +43
Scotland's overall percent share, all fields: 1.15
Pharmacology 0.92 +48
Agricultural Sciences 0.91 +62
Mathematics 0.90 +16
Engineering 0.84 -1
Physics 0.79 +70
Chemistry 0.73 +4
Computer Science 0.68 +1
Materials Science 0.42 +18

Between 2003 and 2007, Clarivate Analytics indexed 49,025 papers that listed at least one author address in Scotland. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of space science, followed by plant & animal sciences and microbiology. In space science, as the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average of research from Scotland exceeded the world average by 67% (13.00 cites per paper for Scotland versus the world baseline of 7.80 cites). Scotland's performance in terms of relative impact was also strong in physics (70% above the world mark), agricultural sciences (62% above), pharmacology (+48%), and clinical medicine (+43%).

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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