Science in Germany, 2006-10

October 2011

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

Field % papers fr. Germany Impact vs. world
Space Science  16.67 +43
Physics 10.35 +48
Neuroscience & Behavior 9.85 +16
Geosciences 9.69 +39
Molecular Biology & Genetics 9.60 +19
Microbiology 8.71 +22
Immunology 8.32 +11
Clinical Medicine 8.31 +19
Psychiatry/Psychology 7.72 -1
Biology & Biochemistry 7.69 +21
Germany's overall percent share, all fields: 7.67
Chemistry 7.64 +31
Mathematics 7.12 +16
Economics & Business 6.61 -12
Plant & Animal Science 6.57 +50
Materials Science 6.56 +37
Computer Science 6.46 +32
Environment/Ecology 6.30 +30
Pharmacology & Toxicology 6.29 +20
Engineering 5.33 +12
Agricultural Sciences 5.05 +16
Social Sciences 3.90 -15

Between 2006 and 2010, Thomson Reuters indexed 414,786 papers that listed at least one author address in Germany. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals indexed under the heading of space science, followed by physics and neuroscience & behavior. As the right-hand column shows, the impact (or cites-per-paper) score for space-science papers featuring Germany-based authors was 43% above the world average for the field  during the five-year period (11.27 cites per paper for Germany versus the world mark of 7.88 cites). Germany’s relative-impact performance was also strong in plant & animal science (50% above the world figure), physics (+48%), and geosciences (+39%).

SOURCE: InCitesTM Global Comparisons, Thomson Reuters.

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