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Science in Ireland, 2004-08

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 citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.

  Field Percentage of papers
from Ireland
Relative impact
compared to world
Agricultural Sciences 1.12 +30
Space Science 0.78 +19
Microbiology 0.71 +11
Computer Science 0.71 Even
Economics & Business 0.59 -29
Social Sciences 0.55 -6
Immunology 0.52 +49
Mathematics 0.50 -9
Clinical Medicine 0.50 +9
Plant & Animal Science 0.49 +6
Ireland's overall percent share, all fields: 0.47
Molecular Biology & Genetics 0.46 -3
Physics 0.45 +44
Psychiatry/Psychology 0.43 Even
Engineering 0.43 +14
Neuroscience & Behavior 0.42 +11
Biology & Biochemistry 0.42 +4
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0.42 +7
Environment/Ecology 0.41 -3
Geosciences 0.40 +18
Materials Science 0.36 +59
Chemistry 0.29 +26

Between 2004 and 2008, Clarivate Analytics indexed 22,789 papers that listed at least one author address in Ireland. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals categorized under the heading of agricultural sciences, followed by space science and microbiology. As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper figure for agricultural-sciences reports from Ireland exceeded the world average by 30% (3.71 citations per paper for Ireland versus a world mark of 2.86 citations). Ireland also scored well in relative impact in materials science (59% above the world mark), immunology (49% above), and physics (+44%). In two fields, Ireland’s impact figure happened to match the world mark precisely: computer science (1.51 cites per paper) and psychiatry/psychology (4.24 cites).

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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