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Germany'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 Clarivate Analytics database. Also, Germany’s relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.

Field % papers fr. Germany Impact vs. world
Space Science 15.82 +46
Physics 10.54 +47
Neuroscience & Behavior 9.77 +16
Geosciences 9.71 +42
Molecular Biology & Genetics 9.68 +18
Microbiology 8.82 +23
Clinical Medicine 8.45 +16
Immunology 8.38 +6
Germany's overall percent share, all fields: 7.81
Biology & Biochemistry 7.79 +19
Chemistry 7.74 +30
Psychiatry/Psychology 7.68 -5
Mathematics 7.34 +17
Computer Science 6.87 +24
Materials Science 6.80 +34
Plant & Animal Science 6.72 +48
Pharmacology & Toxicology 6.45 +17
Economics & Business 6.33 -18
Environment/Ecology 6.27 +31
Engineering 5.51 +17
Agricultural Sciences 5.41 +15
Social Sciences 3.80 -17

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 406,217 papers that listed at least one author address in Germany. Of those papers, the highest percentage was indexed in the field of space science, followed by physics and neuroscience & behavior. In space science, as the right-hand column shows, the citation impact of research from Germany-based authors exceeded the world impact average by 46% (11.22 citations per paper for Germany versus 7.69 cites for the world). Germany’s relative-impact performance was also notably strong in plant & animal science (48% above the world), physics (47% above), and geosciences (+42%).

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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