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Ireland’s 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, Ireland’s relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.

Field % papers fr. Ireland Impact vs. world
Agricultural Sciences  1.14 +34
Space Science 0.84 +27
Microbiology 0.77 +16
Computer Science 0.69 +46
Economics & Business 0.62 -16
Social Sciences 0.60 -2
Immunology 0.57 +38
Molecular Biology & Genetics 0.53 +17
Clinical Medicine 0.51 +12
Mathematics 0.50  +15
Plant & Animal Science  0.50 +3
Ireland’s overall percent share, all fields: 0.49
Environment/Ecology  0.46 +7
Physics 0.46 +47
Psychiatry/Psychology 0.46 +4
Neuroscience & Behavior 0.45 +20
Biology & Biochemistry 0.45 Even
Geosciences 0.43 +28
Engineering 0.43 +13
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0.42 +16
Materials Science 0.36 +70
Chemistry 0.31 +28

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 25,371 papers that listed at least one author address in Ireland. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals indexed in the category of agricultural sciences, followed by space science and microbiology. As the right-hand column shows, the cites-per-paper score for Ireland-based authors exceeded the world average by 34% (4.04 cites per paper for Ireland versus 3.01 cites for the world). Ireland’s impact was also notably high in materials science (70% above the world average), physics (47% above), and computer science (+46%). In biology & biochemistry, Ireland’s impact happened to match the world mark precisely: 7.42 cites per paper.

SOURCE: InCitesTM Global Comparisons, Clarivate Analytics.

 
 

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