Science in Poland, 2009-2013

March 2015

Poland’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, Poland’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 Poland Number of papers from Poland Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Space Science 2.66 1,777 +23
Mathematics 2.56 4,849 -14
Physics 2.52 13,685 -2
Environment/Ecology 2.50 4,728 -47
Plant & Animal Science 2.49 8,108 -43
Chemistry 2.23 16,050 -40
Engineering 1.98 10,075 -42
Agricultural Sciences 1.81 3,301 -29
Materials Science 1.73 14,704 -47
Poland’s overall percent share, all fields: 1.64
Biology & Biochemistry 1.56 5,015 -41
Geosciences 1.52 2,838 -39
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1.41 2,421 -25
Clinical Medicine 1.31 15,606 -4
Microbiology 1.19 1,094 -53
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.17 2,280 -31
Immunology 1.10 1,249 -21
Computer Science 1.00 1,471 -13
Neuroscience & Behavior 0.89 2,047 -30
Economics & Business 0.64 749 -60
Psychiatry/Psychology 0.61 1,057 -34
Social Sciences 0.49 1,885 -28

Between 2009 and 2013, Thomson Reuters indexed 106,601 papers that listed at least one author address in Poland. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by Mathematics and Physics. 

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Science papers featuring authors based in Poland exceeded the world average for the field by 23% (11.83 citations per paper for Poland versus the world mark of 9.61 citations). Although Poland’s citation impact failed to reach the world average in the other fields shown here, performance was comparatively strong in Physics (at 98% of the world score, or just 2% below), Clinical Medicine (-4%), and Mathematics (-14%).

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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