Science in Singapore, 2009-2013

October 2014

Singapore’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, Singapore’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 Singapore

Number of papers from Singapore

Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)

Computer Science

1.83

2,679

+47

Engineering

1.40

7,087

+39

Materials Science

1.28

4,015

+120

Physics

1.23

6,642

+25

Economics & Business

1.18

1,369

+15

Molecular Biology & Genetics

1.15

2,248

+50

Chemistry

0.91

6,564

+81

Singapore’s overall percent share, all fields: 0.78

Biology & Biochemistry

0.74

2,388

+14

Immunology

0.68

771

+27

Social Sciences

0.64

2,423

-4

Microbiology

0.59

531

+47

Clinical Medicine

0.58

6,807

+19

Psychiatry/Psychology

0.54

929

+8

Pharmacology & Toxicology

0.53

915

+34

Mathematics

0.51

956

+36

Neuroscience & Behavior

0.44

1,002

+3

Environment/Ecology

0.41

777

+85

Plant & Animal Science

0.27

859

+6

Geosciences

0.24

451

-23

Agricultural Sciences

0.16

297

+36

Space Science

0.01

10

-26

 

Between 2009 and 2013, Thomson Reuters indexed 50,139 papers that listed at least one author address in Singapore. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Computer Science, followed by Engineering and Materials Science.

 

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Computer Science papers featuring Singapore-based authors was 47% above the world average for the field (4.68 citations per paper for Singapore versus the world mark of 3.18 citations). In fact, in all but two of the fields shown above, and despite its comparatively modest overall output, Singapore’s impact surpassed the world average—most strikingly in Materials Science (120% above the world mark) and Chemistry (81% above.).

 

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.