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

Field % papers fr. Australia Impact vs. world
Social Sciences 5.37 Even
Economics & Business 5.17 -20
Environment/Ecology 5.16 +23
Psychiatry/Psychology 5.14 +1
Geosciences 4.89 +30
Plant & Animal Sciences 4.85 +28
Space Science 4.44 +28
Immunology 3.97 +4
Agricultural Sciences 3.86  +9
Clinical Medicine 3.42 +24
Australia's overall percent share, all fields: 3.09
Microbiology 3.05 +17
Neuroscience & Behavior 2.92 -5
Biology & Biochemistry 2.87 +10
Computer Science 2.71 +5
Molecular Biology & Genetics 2.83 +10
Engineering 2.30 +9
Pharmacology & Toxicology 2.21 +18
Mathematics 2.20 +15
Materials Science 1.88 +17
Physics 1.79 +26
Chemistry 1.62 +14

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 160,917 papers that listed at least one author address in Australia. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified in the category of general social sciences, followed closely by economics & business and environment/ecology.

As the right-hand column indicates, the impact of Australia-based authors in social sciences happened to match the world mark precisely: 2.07 cites per paper. Otherwise, with just a couple of exceptions, Australia surpassed the world average in the fields shown, notably in geosciences (with Australia’s impact mark of 5.49 cites per paper scoring 30% above the world mark of 4.22 cites), as well as in plant & animal sciences (28% above), space science (+28%), and physics (+26%).

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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