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Science in the Netherlands, 2004-08

The Netherlands' world share of science and social-science papers over a recent five-year period, expressed as a percentage of papers in each of 21 fields in the Thomson Reuters database.
Also, the Netherlands' relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.

  Field Percentage of papers
from the Netherlands
Relative impact
compared to world
Space Science 4.88 +46
Psychiatry/Psychology 4.71 +15
Economics & Business 4.20 +13
Immunology 3.93 -3
Clinical Medicine 3.55 +51
Neuroscience & Behavior 3.46 +6
Environment/Ecology 2.96 +42
Molecular Biology & Genetics 2.96 +15
Microbiology 2.91 +33
Social Sciences 2.90 +27
Geosciences 2.54 +45
The Netherlands' overall percent share, all fields: 2.54
Computer Science 2.36 +14
Plant & Animal Science 2.29 +60
Agricultural Sciences 2.27 +57
Pharmacology & Toxicology 2.23 +22
Biology & Biochemistry 2.12 +21
Physics 1.84 +78
Engineering 1.79 +22
Chemistry 1.53 +57
Mathematics 1.36 +29
Materials Science 1.11 +91

Between 2004 and 2008, Thomson Reuters indexed 123,456 papers that listed at least one author address in the Netherlands. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of space science, followed by psychiatry/psychology. In space science, as the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average (or impact) of papers from the Netherlands exceeded the world average in the field by 46% during the five-year period (10.41 cites per paper for the Netherlands, versus a world baseline of 7.14 cites). The nation's performance was also notably strong in physics (78% above the world average), plant & animal science (60% above), chemistry (+57%), and agricultural sciences (+57%).

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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