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

Field % papers fr. the Netherlands Impact vs. world
Psychiatry/Psychology  5.14 +19
Space Science 5.11 +40
Economics & Business 4.21 +17
Immunology 3.89 +7
Neuroscience & Behavior 3.69 +15
Clinical Medicine 3.63 +53
Social Sciences 3.19 +33
Molecular Biology & Genetics 3.14 +30
Environment/Ecology 3.00 +41
Microbiology 2.77 +40
The Netherlands’ overall percent share, all fields: 2.55
Geosciences 2.51 +63
Computer Science 2.26 +18
Plant & Animal Science 2.12 +74
Agricultural Sciences 2.11 +54
Biology & Biochemistry 2.10 +28
Pharmacology & Toxicology 2.09 +38
Engineering 1.74 +21
Physics 1.69 +79
Chemistry 1.39 +58
Mathematics 1.28 +21
Materials Science 1.13 +99

Between 2006 and 2010, Thomson Reuters indexed 137,995 papers that listed at least one author address in the Netherlands. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals indexed under the main heading of psychiatry/psychology, followed closely by space science.

As the right-hand column shows, the impact of psychiatry/psychology papers featuring Netherlands-based authors was 19% above the world average in that field during the five-year period (5.55 cites per paper for the Netherlands versus 4.65 cites for the world). In fact, the impact of research in the Netherlands exceeded the world average in all the fields shown here, especially in plant & animal science (74% above the world mark), physics (+79%), and materials science (+99%).

SOURCE: InCitesTM Global Comparisons, Thomson Reuters.

 
 

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