Science in Belgium, 2009-2013

July 2014

Belgium’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, Belgium’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 Belgium

Number of papers from Belgium

Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)

Space Science

2.92

1,954

+41

Immunology

2.11

2,388

+25

Psychiatry/Psychology

1.98

3,395

+26

Plant & Animal Science

1.87

6,030

+39

Economics & Business

1.78

2,054

+9

Microbiology

1.71

1,546

+29

Pharmacology & Toxicology

1.65

2,821

+45

Agricultural Sciences

1.61

2,910

+49

Neuroscience & Behavior

1.61

3,675

+21

Clinical Medicine

1.60

18,884

+91

Environment/Ecology

1.56

2,913

+25

Molecular Biology & Genetics

1.55

3,025

+48

Social Sciences

1.50

5,704

+19

Belgium’s overall percent share, all fields: 1.45

Computer Science

1.44

2,107

+10

Physics

1.34

7,250

+49

Geosciences

1.33

2,476

+49

Biology & Biochemistry

1.31

4,210

+32

Mathematics

1.14

2,144

+15

Chemistry

1.13

7,717

+31

Materials Science

0.84

2,652

+36

Between 2009 and 2013, Thomson Reuters indexed 93,848 papers that listed at least one author address in Belgium. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by Immunology and Psychiatry/Psychology.  

 

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Science papers featuring authors based in Belgium was 41% above the world average for the field (13.50 citations per paper for Belgium versus the world mark of 9.61 citations). Clinical Medicine papers listing Belgian authors also scored highly in relative impact (91% above the world average). And in three fields—Agricultural Sciences, Physics, and Geosciences—the impact of Belgian research registered at 49% above the world average.

 

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

The data and citation records included in this report are from Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceTM. Web of ScienceTM is a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.