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Science in: France, 2004-08

France's world share of science and social-science papers over the last five years, expressed as a percentage of papers in each of 21 fields in the  Clarivate Analytics database. Also, France's relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.

  Field Percentage of papers
from France
Relative impact
compared to world
Space Science 12.27 +21
Mathematics 9.46 +21
Geosciences 8.63 +31
Physics 7.85 +27
Microbiology 7.01 +20
France's overall percent share, all fields: 5.67
Molecular Biology & Genetics 6.57 +9
Immunology 6.56 +5
Biology & Biochemistry 5.89 +2
Computer Science 5.85 -5
Neuroscience & Behavior 5.49 Even
Clinical Medicine 5.46 +12
Chemistry 5.43 +11
Engineering 5.10 +14
Materials Science 5.08 +18
Environment/Ecology 4.88 +19
Plant & Animal Sciences 4.82 +42
Agricultural Sciences 4.50 +31
Pharmacology & Toxicology 4.15 +13
Economics & Business 4.10 -22
Psychiatry/Psychology 2.52 -19
Social Sciences 1.77 -22

Between 2004 and 2008, Clarivate Analytics indexed 276,104 papers that listed at least one author address in France. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified in the field of space science, followed closely by mathematics. As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average for space-science papers from France was 21% above the world average for the field (8.62 cites per paper for France versus 7.14 for the world). The impact of the nation's research was also notably strong in plant & animal sciences (42% above the world average), geosciences (31% above), and agricultural sciences (+31%). In neuroscience & behavior, France's impact score happened to match the world mark precisely: 8.04 cites per paper.

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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