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Science in Israel, 2004-08

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 Percentage of papers
from Israel
Relative impact
compared to world
Mathematics 2.00 +10
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.78 -12
Computer Science 1.67 +36
Neuroscience & Behavior 1.46 +9
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.43 +16
Physics 1.43 +54
Immunology 1.39 -9
Space Science 1.34 +57
Social Sciences 1.32 -14
Clinical Medicine 1.29 +2
Economics & Business 1.22 +9
Biology & Biochemistry 1.19 +16

Israel's overall percent share, all fields: 1.13

Microbiology 0.98 +10
Engineering 0.94 +10
Plant & Animal Science 0.85 +41
Environment/Ecology 0.83 +4
Geosciences 0.73 +26
Chemistry 0.72 +33
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0.64 +14
Agricultural Sciences 0.55 +35
Materials Science 0.54 +46

Between 2004 and 2008, Clarivate Analytics indexed 55,225 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. As the right-hand column indicates, the impact (or average citations per paper) of mathematics papers from Israel was 10% above the average in the field during the five-year period (1.49 cites per paper for Israel versus a world figure of 1.36 citations). Israel's relative-impact performance was also notably strong in space science (57% above the world mark), physics (54% above), materials science (+46%), and plant & animal science (+41%).

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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