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

Field % papers fr. France Impact vs. world
Space Science 12.68 +23
Mathematics 9.10 +21
Geosciences 8.54 +38
Physics 7.71 +26
Microbiology 6.79 +21
Immunology 6.51 +8
Molecular Biology & Genetics 6.41 +14
Biology & Biochemistry 5.74 +4
Computer Science 5.74 -3
France’s overall percent share, all fields: 5.61
Clinical Medicine  5.45 +15
Neuroscience & Behavior 5.39 +4
Chemistry 5.35 +14
Engineering 5.11 +15
Materials Science 4.99 +20
Environment/Ecology 4.91 +22
Plant & Animal Science 4.75 +44
Agricultural Sciences 4.44 +32
Economics & Business 4.15 -20
Pharmacology & Toxicology 3.98 +20
Psychiatry/Psychology 2.66 -20
Social Sciences 1.82 -25

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 291,495 papers that listed at least one author address in France. Of those papers, the highest percentage was indexed in the category of space science, followed by mathematics and geosciences. As the right-hand column shows, the impact of space-science papers from France-based authors was 23% above the world average during the five-year period (9.47 cites per paper for France, versus the world figure of 7.69 cites). The impact of French research was also notably strong in plant & animal science (44% above the world mark), geosciences (38% above), and agricultural sciences (+32%).

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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