Science in Austria, 2009-2013

July 2014

Austria’s world share of science and social-science papers over a recent five-year period, ranked according to percentage of papers in each of 21 main fields indexed by Thomson Reuters. Also, Austria’s relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms. These figures are derived from Thomson Reuters InCites, a subset of the Web of Science.

Field Percentage of papers from Austria Number of papers from Austria Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Space Science 2.06 1,376 +49
Geosciences 1.45 2,700 +43
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.23 2,401 +30
Plant & Animal Science 1.21 3,891 +20
Clinical Medicine 1.19 14,096 +58
Immunology 1.17 1,326 +25
Economics & Business 1.13 1,303 -3
Neuroscience & Behavior 1.12 2,551 +23
Physics 1.11 6,025 +75
Computer Science 1.09 1,600 +22
Mathematics 1.08 2,027 +19
Biology & Biochemistry 1.06 3,412 +22
Environment/Ecology 1.02 1,911 +27
Microbiology 1.02 922 +32

Austria’s overall percent share, all fields: 0.98

Psychiatry/Psychology 0.84 1,444 +3
Pharmacology/Toxicology 0.84 1,436 +17
Materials Science 0.74 2,330 +20
Chemistry 0.69 4,964 +7
Agricultural Sciences 0.65 1,171 +42
Engineering 0.63 3,187 +5
Social Sciences 0.61 2,305 +18

Between 2009 and 2013, Thomson Reuters indexed 63,324 papers that listed at least one author address in Austria. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by Geosciences and Molecular Biology & Genetics. 

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Science papers featuring Austria-based authors was 49% above the world average for the field (14.29 citations per paper for the Netherlands versus the world mark of 9.61 citations). This was among the nation’s higher scores in relative impact, exceeded only by Physics (75% above the world average) and Clinical Medicine (58% above), with strong showings also recorded in Geosciences (+43%) and Agricultural Sciences (+42%).

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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