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National Rankings in Materials Science 1998-2008

Based on citations per paper among nations with 10,000 or more citations.

Rank      Nation Papers Citations Citations
Per
Paper
1 United States 72,141 684,332 9.49
2 The Netherlands 4,985 46,067 9.24
3 Israel 2,544 23,138 9.1
4 Switzerland 4,801 41,937 8.74
5 Denmark 1,602 13,258 8.28
6 Scotland 1,797 13,641 7.59
7 England 21,243 158,366 7.45
8 Singapore 5,153 36,761 7.13
9 Belgium 3,977 27,774 6.98
10 Germany 34,168 227,561 6.66
11 France 23,137 152,462 6.59
12 Sweden 6,461 42,255 6.54
13 Austria 3,355 21,684 6.46
14 Canada 11,300 70,831 6.27
15 Italy 10,456 61,593 5.89
16 Spain 11,021 64,618 5.86
17 Australia 7,410 43,189 5.83
18 Japan 53,138 305,603 5.75
19 Finland 2,811 15,633 5.56
20 Taiwan 10,575 53,364 5.05

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters’s Essential Science IndicatorsSM database from Thomson Reuters, January 1, 1998 through August 31, 2008.

The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period January 1998 through August 2008, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and Thomson Reuters’s journal-to-category field definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Here our ranking in materials science is by citations per paper -- among nations that collected 10,000 or more citations during the period -- to reveal weighted impact. For articles with multiple authors from different nations, each nation receives full, not fractional, citation credit. Essential Science Indicators lists nations ranked in the top 50% for a field over a given period, based on total citations. In materials science, 78 nations are listed, meaning 156 were surveyed. Thirty-two nations collected at least 10,000 citations during the period.

This item also appeared in the Times Higher Education magazine, reprinted with their permission.        

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