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Norwegian Science, 2004-08

Norway'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 Thomson Reuters database. Also, Norway's relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.

  Field Percentage of papers from Norway Relative impact
compared to world
Geosciences 1.97 +32
Environment/Ecology 1.50 +26
Plant & Animal Science 1.25 +23
Economics & Business 1.19 -7
Social Sciences 1.01 +7
Immunology 0.96 -16
Psychiatry/Psychology 0.96 -20
Agricultural Sciences 0.86 +52
Clinical Medicine0. 0.84 +45
Norway's overall percent share, all fields: 0.73
Neuroscience & Behavior 0.71 +13
Computer Science 0.68 +4
Molecular Biology & Genetics 0.66 -2
Biology & Biochemistry 0.65 +2
Microbiology 0.62 +23
Mathematics 0.57 +47
Space Science 0.56 +43
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0.49 +18
Engineering 0.48 +6
Physics 0.41 +44
Chemistry 0.35 -6
Materials Science 0.32 +8

Between 2004 and 2008, Clarivate Analytics indexed 35,482 papers that listed at least one author address in Norway. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of geosciences, followed by environment/ecology. In both of those fields, as the right-hand column indicates, Norway's citations-per-paper average, or impact, surpassed the world average. (In geosciences, for example, the impact of papers from Norway was 32% above the world mark: 5.19 cites for Norway versus an average of 3.94 cites for the world.) Papers from Norway-based authors also registered strongly in agricultural sciences (52% above the world figure), mathematics (47% above), clinical medicine (+45%), and physics (+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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