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Science in: the United Kingdom, 2004-08

Between 2004 and 2008, Thomson Reuters indexed 401,649 papers that listed at least one author address in a United Kingdom region (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland). Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of space science, followed by economics & business and general social sciences. As the right-hand column indicates, the citations-per-paper average for U.K. research in space science was 41% above the world average (10.06 cites per paper for the U.K. versus 7.14 for the world). United Kingdom-based researchers surpassed the world mark in all the other fields shown here, with notably strong performance in plant & animal science (+61% above the world average), agricultural sciences (55% above), physics (+46%), and pharmacology & toxicology (+44%).

  Field Percentage of papers
from the U.K.
Relative impact
compared to world
Space Science 16.20 +41
Economics & Business 14.37 +9
Social Sciences 13.83 +13
Psychiatry/Psychology 12.61 +17
Geosciences 10.66 +43
Molecular Biology & Genetics 10.60 +28
Immunology 10.07 +17
Clinical Medicine 9.56 +28
Neuroscience & Behavior 9.44 +30
Microbiology 8.98 +34
Biology & Biochemistry 8.38 +33
United Kingdom's overall percent share, all fields: 8.25
Environment/Ecology 8.21 +45
Computer Science 7.31 +17
Plant & Animal Science 7.24 +61
Engineering 7.12 +13
Pharmacology & Toxicology 6.91 +44
Physics 6.73 +46
Mathematics 5.92 +23
Chemistry 5.24 +31
Materials Science 4.90 +43
Agricultural Sciences 4.75 +55

Between 2004 and 2008, Clarivate Analytics indexed 401,649 papers that listed at least one author address in a United Kingdom region (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland). Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of space science, followed by economics & business and general social sciences. As the right-hand column indicates, the citations-per-paper average for U.K. research in space science was 41% above the world average (10.06 cites per paper for the U.K. versus 7.14 for the world). United Kingdom-based researchers surpassed the world mark in all the other fields shown here, with notably strong performance in plant & animal science (+61% above the world average), agricultural sciences (55% above), physics (+46%), and pharmacology & toxicology (+44%).

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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