Science in Germany, 2008-2012

December 2013

Germany'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, Germany'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 Germany Number of papers from Germany Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Space Science 18.54 11,923 +43
Physics 10.69 56,734 +45
Neuroscience & Behavior 10.30 21,654 +13
Geosciences 9.82 16,806 +37
Molecular Biology & Genetics 9.55 16,408 +21
Microbiology 8.00 6,551 +35
Clinical Medicine 7.90 91,774 +30
Psychiatry/Psychology 7.80 12,453 +9
Biology & Biochemistry 7.73 23,196 +23
Germany's overall percent share, all fields: 7.42
Immunology 7.41 7,582 +25
Economics & Business 7.25 8,011 -6
Chemistry 7.23 49,462 +39
Mathematics 6.90 11,740 +15
Plant & Animal Science 6.65 20,480 +44
Environment/Ecology 6.37 10,843 +31
Materials Science 6.28 18,406 +34
Pharmacology & Toxicology 5.93 9,714 +27
Computer Science 5.91 8,211 +15
Agricultural Sciences 4.85 8,436 +25
Engineering 4.63 22,166 +5
Social Sciences 4.18 14,922 +6

Between 2008 and 2012, Thomson Reuters indexed 457,878  papers that listed at least one author address in Germany. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by Physics and Neuroscience & Behavior.

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Science papers featuring authors based in Germany exceeded the world average for the field by 43% (13.08 citations per paper for Germany versus the world mark of 9.15 citations). Germany's relative impact was also strong in Physics (45% above the world average), Plant & Animal Science (+44%), and Chemistry (+39%).

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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