Science in Finland, 2009-2013

November 2014

Finland’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, Finland’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 Finland Number of papers from Finland Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Space Science 1.58 1,058 +9
Environment/Ecology 1.34 2,503 +29
Economics & Business 1.22 1,416 +11
Plant & Animal Science 1.10 3,561 +34
Geosciences 1.06 1,963 +59
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.04 2,036 +73
Social Sciences 1.02 3,899 +29
Computer Science 0.99 1,454 Even
Neuroscience & Behavior 0.94 2,158 +35
Psychiatry/Psychology 0.92 1,579 +19
Physics 0.89 4,819 +64
Immunology 0.85 9,172 +7
Clinical Medicine 0.83 9,765 +56
Finland’s overall percent share, all fields: 0.83
Microbiology 0.82 744 +17
Biology & Biochemistry 0.78 2,511 +30
Agricultural Sciences 0.75 1,363 +70
Engineering 0.66 3,357 +12
Mathematics 0.62 1,177 +25
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0.60 1,031 +33
Materials Science 0.59 1,844 +1
Chemistry 0.54 3,853 +10

Between 2009 and 2013, Thomson Reuters indexed 53,725 papers that listed at least one author address in Finland. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by Environment/Ecology and Economics & Business.

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Science papers featuring Finland-based authors was 9% above the world average for the field (10.46 citations per paper for Finland versus the world mark of 9.61 citations). In all of the fields shown save one, Finland exceeded the world average, notably in Molecular Biology & Genetics (73% above the world mark), Agricultural Sciences (70% above), and Physics (+64%). The one exception was Computer Science, in which Finland’s impact happened to match the world mark: 3.17 cites per paper.

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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