Globalization Of Science Rolls On | November 27, 2006 Issue - Vol. 84 Issue 48 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 84 Issue 48 | pp. 26-31
Issue Date: November 27, 2006

Globalization Of Science Rolls On

Growth of scientific literature remains strong, while the world of science continues to flatten
Department: Science & Technology

Globalization of science is a hot topic. Yet, no single set of quantitative data gives a definitive fix on what is going on in science and where science is being done. There are data compilations-such as on R&D spending and investment, patent activity, and scientific manpower—that each give part of the evolving worldwide story.

Another such indicator is detailed year-by-year information on the number of articles published in peer-reviewed scientific and engineering journals. If analyzed . . .

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  • NSF'S COUNT OF SCIENTIFIC PAPERS
  • Number of U.S. papers grew by only 1% per year from 1988 to 2003
  • TRENDS IN CAS ABSTRACTS
  • Foreign sources have long been dominant
  • PAPERS PUBLISHED IN ACS JOURNALS
  • U.S. share has dropped from 64% to 39%
  • ACS JOURNAL ARTICLES
  • Most growth has come in the long-established journals
  • SCIENTIFIC PAPERS PER CAPITA
  • European nations dominate the top 25 list
  • SCIENTIFIC PAPERS BY SOURCE
  • European Union contributed most to growth between 1988 and 2003
  • PAPERS ABSTRACTED BY CAS, BY SOURCE
  • Since 1988, China's share has quadrupled
  • NSF'S TOP 10 PRODUCERS
  • France replaced the Soviet Union in the top five
  • TOP 10 SOURCES OF CAS ABSTRACTS
  • China moves to second, behind U.S.; Japan is third
  • ACS JOURNAL PAPERS BY SOURCE
  • Non-U.S. papers made up 74% of growth from 1983 to 2005
  • CITATIONS IN HIGH-IMPACT JOURNALS
  • U.S. dominance is still strong but declining
  • SCIENTIFIC PAPERS BY FIELD, 1988 TO 2003
  • By NSF's count, U.S. share declined in all fields except mathematics
  • 2003 SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES BY FIELD
  • One out of 13 U.S. scientific papers is in chemistry
  • TOP 10 SOURCES OF PAPERS IN ACS JOURNALS
  • U.S. leads, Japan retains second, and China climbs to third place
  • PROPORTION OF CHEMISTRY ARTICLES
  • Chemistry is a smaller part of science in U.S., Canada, than it is elsewhere
  • SCIENTIFIC PAPERS PER CAPITA
  • European nations dominate the top 25 list

 
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