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Science in Canada, 2005-09

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

  Field Percentage of papers
from Canada
Relative impact
compared to world
Psychiatry/Psychology 7.64 +11
Environment/Ecology 7.46 +25
Geosciences 6.73 +17
Neuroscience & Behavior 6.50 +13
Social Sciences 6.00 +13
Economics & Business 5.93 +6
Plant & Animal Science 5.75 +23
Molecular Biology & Genetics 5.57 +11
Space Science 5.52 +64
Computer Science 5.10 +12
Mathematics 5.05 +10
Biology & Biochemistry 4.89 +16
Engineering 4.87 +8
Clinical Medicine 4.78 +43
Canada's overall percent share, all fields: 4.68
Immunology 4.66 +3
Microbiology 4.16 +19
Agricultural Sciences 4.15 +39
Pharmacology & Toxicology 3.48 +27
Physics 3.09 +40
Chemistry 2.84 +23
Materials Science 2.66 +18

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 243,121 papers that listed at least one author address in Canada. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals indexed under the heading of Psychiatry/Psychology, followed closely by Environment/Ecology. As the right-hand column shows, the impact figure (cites per paper) for Canada-based researchers in Psychiatry/Psychology was 11% above the world mark (5.05 cites per paper for Canada, versus the world average of 4.56 cites). In fact, Canada surpassed the world mark in all the fields shown here, notably in Space Science (64% above the world average), Clinical Medicine (43% above), and Physics (+40%).

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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