Science in France, 2008-2012

November 2013

France'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, France'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 France Number of papers from France Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Space Science 13.79 8,869 +34
Mathematics 8.43 14,351 +12
Geosciences 8.43 14,425 +35
Physics 7.59 40,286 +28
Immunology 6.70 6,859 +17
Microbiology 6.61 5,415 +27
Molecular Biology & Genetics 5.98 10,273 +26
Computer Science 5.63 7,816 -1

France's overall percent share, all fields: 5.31

Neuroscience & Behavior 5.29 11,068 +6
Biology & Biochemistry 5.05 15,169 +13
Clinical Medicine 5.02 58,357 +37
Engineering 4.96 23,730 +14
Environment/Ecology 4.92 8,366 +32
Chemistry 4.91 33,597 +22
Plant & Animal Science 4.83 14,873 +53
Materials Science 4.63 13,590 +17
Economics & Business 4.61 5,091 -13
Pharmacology & Toxicology 3.99 6,541 +19
Agricultural Sciences 3.87 6,741 +46
Psychiatry/Psychology 2.92 4,671 -16
Social Sciences 2.46 8,764 +6

Between 2008 and 2012, Thomson Reuters indexed 327,819 papers that listed at least one authors address in France. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by (in equal proportions) Mathematics and Geosciences.

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Science reports featuring France-based authors exceeded the world average for the field by 34% (12.22 citations per paper for France versus the world mark of 9.15 citations). France also exceeded the world average to a notable degree in Plant & Animal Sciences (53% above), Agricultural Sciences (+46%), and Geosciences (+35%).

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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