Sci-Bytes> Science in Ireland, 2005-09
Week of December 12, 2010
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|
|Economics & Business||0.62||-16|
|Molecular Biology & Genetics||0.53||+17|
|Plant & Animal Science||0.50||+3|
|Ireland’s overall percent share, all fields: 0.49|
|Neuroscience & Behavior||0.45||+20|
|Biology & Biochemistry||0.45||Even|
|Pharmacology & Toxicology||0.42||+16|
Between 2005 and 2009, Thomson Reuters 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.
Special Country Features:
Top 20 Countries: Citations in Five-Year Increments, and the 10th annual list of the Top 20 Countries in ALL FIELDS, 2001-August 31, 2011.