Science in Mexico, 2009-2013

February 2015

Mexico’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, Mexico’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 Mexico

Number of papers from Mexico

Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)

Space Science

2.04

1,366

-7

Plant & Animal Science

2.03

6,600

-32

Environment/Ecology

1.72

3,258

-35

Agricultural Sciences

1.56

2,851

-14

Microbiology

1.19

1,095

-24

Physics

1.05

5,710

+17

Geosciences

0.95

1,780

-17

Mathematics

0.82

1,552

-31

Immunology

0.81

915

-21

Engineering

0.81

4,107

-26

Mexico’s overall percent share, all fields: 0.81

Biology & Biochemistry

0.75

2,416

-32

Materials Science

0.72

2,254

-39

Pharmacology & Toxicology

0.71

1,215

-29

Chemistry

0.70

5,032

-39

Social Sciences

0.63

2,398

-21

Neuroscience & Behavior

0.58

1,341

-38

Molecular Biology & Genetics

0.52

1,012

-35

Computer Science

0.49

716

-3

Psychiatry/Psychology

0.46

798

-31

Economics & Business

0.43

506

-49

Clinical Medicine

0.43

5,069

+9

 

Between 2009 and 2013, Thomson Reuters indexed 52,715 papers that listed at least one author address in Mexico. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by Plant & Animal Science and Environment/Ecology.

 

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Sciences papers featuring Mexico-based authors was at 93% of the world average for the field, or just 7% below (8.94 citations per paper for Mexico versus the world mark of 9.61 citations). Although Mexico’s relative impact has not yet reached the world average in many of the fields shown here, performance was strong in Physics (17% above the world) and Clinical Medicine (9% above), with Computer Science coming in just below the world mark at -3%.

 

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.