Sci-Bytes> Science in Scotland, 2005-09
Week of July 26, 2011
Scotland’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, Scotland’s relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.
|Field||% papers fr. Scotland||Impact vs. world|
|Plant & Animal Science||1.68||+55|
|Molecular Biology & Genetics||1.65||+52|
|Economics & Business||1.32||-9|
|Biology & Biochemistry||1.28||+35|
|Neuroscience & Behavior||1.11||+24|
|Scotland's overall percent share, all fields: 1.08|
Between 2005 and 2009, Thomson Reuters indexed 56,154 papers that listed at least one author address in Scotland. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the heading of space science, followed by microbiology and plant & animal science. As the right-hand column shows, the impact (citations per paper) mark for space-science papers featuring Scotland-based authors was 91% above the world average (14.72 cites per paper for Scotland versus the world score of 7.69). In addition to space science, which represents Scotland’s highest score in relative impact, Scottish performance exceeded the world figure in all save one of the fields shown above, with notable strength in materials (86% above the world average), pharmacology & toxicology (84% above), and physics (+68%).
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