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

Field Overall % papers fr. Switzerland Impact vs. world
Space Science 3.06 +69
Immunology 3.00 +28
Geosciences 2.85 +63
Molecular Biology & Genetics 2.51 +44
Neuroscience & Behavior 2.37 +29
Environment/Ecology 2.28 +80
Physics 2.25 +87
Clinical Medicine 2.14 +53
Microbiology 1.99 +47
Switzerland's overall percent share, all fields: 1.85
Biology & Biochemistry 1.84 +51
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.72 +8
Economics & Business 1.69 +17
Plant & Animal Sciences 1.68 +55
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1.64 +36
Computer Science 1.60 +110
Chemistry 1.53 +56
Agricultural Sciences 1.43 +30
Engineering 1.37 +51
Mathematics 1.20 +44
Materials Science 1.13 +74
Social Sciences 1.03 +37

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 96,306 papers that listed at least one author address in Switzerland. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals indexed in the category of space science, followed by immunology and geosciences. As the right-hand column shows, the cites-per-paper average for reports from Swiss-based authors in space science exceeded the world average by 69% (13.03 cites per paper for Switzerland versus 7.69 cites for the world). Switzerland, in fact, exceeded the world average in all the fields shown, with notably strong performance in computer science (110% above the world average), physics (87% above), and environment/ecology (+80%).

SOURCE: National Science Indicators, 1981-2009 (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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