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

Field % fr. Belgium Impact vs. world
Space Science 2.04 +3
Microbiology 1.88 +31
Immunology 1.81 -3
Environment/Ecology 1.74 +47
Plant & Animal Science 1.72 +32
Clinical Medicine 1.67 +64
Economics & Business 1.66 +7
Agricultural Sciences 1.64 +61
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.63 +16
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1.43 +23
Computer Science 1.42 +13
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.42 +15
Belgium's overall percent share, all fields: 1.41
Mathematics 1.37 +23
Neuroscience & Behavior 1.31 +17
Physics 1.31 +20
Biology & Biochemistry 1.31 +23
Geosciences 1.23 +43
Engineering 1.20 +34
Chemistry 1.10 +18
Social Sciences 1.02 +13
Material Science 0.93 +27

Between 2005 and 2009, Clarivate Analytics indexed 73,141 papers that listed at least one author address in Belgium. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals indexed under the heading of space science, followed by microbiology. As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average for space science papers featuring Belgium-based authors was 3% above the world average for the field (7.93 cites per paper for Belgium versus 7.69 cites for the world). Belgium’s relative-impact scores were also impressive in clinical medicine (64% above the world mark), agricultural sciences (61% above), and environment/ecology (+47%).

SOURCE: National Science Indicators, 1981-2008 (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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