Science in South Korea, 2008-2012

May 2014

Science in South Korea, 2008-2012

South Korea’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, South Korea’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 South Korea

Number of papers from South Korea

Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)

Materials Science

6.59

19,379

-1

Computer Science

5.65

7,857

-36

Engineering

5.54

26,556

-20

Physics

4.68

24,999

-9

Microbiology

4.46

3,705

-43

Pharmacology & Toxicology

4.27

7,001

-16

Chemistry

3.94

27,068

-6

Agricultural Science

3.78

6,607

-25

Biology & Biochemistry

3.47

10,579

-26

South Korea’s overall percent share, all fields: 3.37

Clinical Medicine

3.07

35,962

-28

Molecular Biology & Genetics

2.93

5,210

-41

Mathematics

2.48

4,251

-9

Space Science

2.30

1,497

-3

Neuroscience & Behavior

2.26

4,842

-32

Immunology

2.16

2,247

-29

Economics & Business

1.99

2,207

-32

Plant & Animal Science

1.81

5,606

-6

Environment/Ecology

1.75

2,997

-21

Geosciences

1.56

2,703

-17

Social Sciences

1.06

3,781

-20

Psychiatry/Psychology

0.93

1,494

-29

 

Between 2008 and 2012, Thomson Reuters indexed 208, 052 papers that listed at least one author address in South Korea. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Materials Science, followed by Computer Science and Engineering.   

 

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Materials Science papers featuring South Korea-based authors was within 1% of the world average for the field (4.66 citations per paper for South Korea versus the world mark of 4.72 citations). This was South Korea’s best showing in relative citation impact, as the nation continues to move toward parity with world baselines in these main fields. Performance was also comparatively strong in Space Science, Plant & Animal Science, Chemistry, and Physics.  

 

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

 

 

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