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

Field % papers fr. X Impact vs. world
Mathematics 1.91 +5
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.78 -7
Computer Science 1.70 +24
Neuroscience & Behavior 1.46 +9
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.39 +23
Physics 1.38 +50
Space Science 1.37 +66
Immunology 1.36 Even
Social Sciences 1.28 -10
Clinical Medicine 1.23 +6
Economics & Business 1.14 +12
Biology & Biochemistry 1.14 +18
Israel's overall percent share, all fields: 1.09
Microbiology 0.94 +4
Engineering 0.88 +10
Plant & Animal Science 0.81 +40
Environment/Ecology 0.77 +4
Chemistry 0.70 +28
Geosciences  0.69 +29
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0.63 +13
Materials Science 0.53 +62
Agricultural Sciences 0.51 +28

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 56,701 papers that listed at least one author address in Israel. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals categorized under the heading of mathematics, followed closely by psychiatry/psychology and computer science. As the right-hand column shows, the impact of research from Israel-based authors in mathematics was 5% above the world average in the field (1.59 cites per paper for Israel, versus 1.51 cites for the world). The nation’s relative-impact performance was particularly impressive in space science (66% above the world mark), materials science (62% above), and physics (+50%). In immunology, the impact of Israel-based researchers happened to match the world mark precisely (10.33 cites per paper).

SOURCE: InCitesTM Global Comparisons, Clarivate Analytics.

 
 

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