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

Field % papers from Norway Impact vs. world
Geosciences  2.04 +26
Environment/Ecology 1.48 +39
Plant & Animal Science 1.23 +34
Economics & Business 1.21 Even
Social Sciences 1.07 +8
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.01 -18
Immunology 0.96 -11
Clinical Medicine 0.86 +41
Agricultural Sciences 0.82 +38
Neuroscience & Behavior 0.77 +11
Norway's overall percent share, all fields: 0.75
Computer Science 0.72 +5
Molecular Biology & Genetics 0.71 +4
Biology & Biochemistry 0.66 +1
Microbiology 0.60 +20
Mathematics 0.58 +36
Space Science 0.58 +43
Engineering 0.51 +5
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0.50 +3
Physics 0.40 +50
Chemistry 0.35 -1
Materials Science 0.34 +15

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 38,900 papers that listed at least one author address in Norway. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals indexed in the category of geosciences, followed by environment/ecology and plant & animal sciences. As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average for Norway-based authors in geosciences was 26% above the world average for the field (5.31 cites per paper for Norway versus the world mark of 4.22). Norway’s relative-impact performance was also strong in physics (50% above the world mark), space science (43% above), and clinical medicine (+41%). In economics & business, Norway’s impact score happened to match the world figure precisely: 2.28 cites per paper.

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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