Science in Russia, 2009-2013

September 2014

Russia’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, Russia’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 Russia Number of papers from Russia Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Physics 7.24 39,253 -29
Space Science 6.79 4,540 -43
Geosciences 5.68 10,551 -55
Mathematics 4.43 8,346 -48
Chemistry 4.09 29,361 -65
Materials Science 2.75 8,674 -63

Russia’s overall percent share, all fields: 2.20

Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.67 3,256 -61
Engineering 1.60 8,099 -60
Biology & Biochemistry 1.58 5,088 -51
Microbiology 1.50 1,358 -45
Environment/Ecology 1.34 2,504 -56
Plant & Animal Science 1.29 4,150 -40
Neuroscience & Behavior 1.14 2,612 -77
Computer Science 1.00 1,465 -59
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0.70 1,192 -47
Agricultural Sciences 0.53 966 -43
Clinical Medicine 0.53 6,249 -22
Social Sciences 0.49 1,873 -50
Psychiatry/Psychology 0.42 723 -72
Immunology 0.36 412 -25
Economics & Business 0.29 338 -52

Between 2009 and 2013, Thomson Reuters indexed 142,509 papers that listed at least one author address in Russia. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Physics, followed by Space Science and Geosciences.  

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Physics papers featuring Russia-based authors was 29% below the world average for the field (4.05 citations per paper for Russia versus the world mark of 5.70 citations). Reflecting challenging times for the nation’s science, none of the relative-impact figures shown here reach the world mark in the respective field, although performance was comparatively strong in Clinical Medicine and Immunology.

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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