Science in Spain, 2008-2012

March 2014

Spain’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, Spain’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 Spain Number of papers from Spain Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Space Science 8.69 5,653 +32
Agricultural Sciences 6.47 11,295 +36
Environment/Ecology 5.22 8,959 +18
Economics & Business 5.06 5,606 -25
Computer Science 4.99 6,945 +3
Plant & Animal Science 4.83 14,964 +22
Mathematics 4.30 7,370 +9
Immunology 4.14 4,314 -5
Chemistry 3.87 26,602 +21
Psychiatry/Psychology 3.86 6,191 -25

Spain's overall percent share, all fields: 3.81

Physics 3.79 20,212 +39
Geosciences 3.77 6,531 Even
Engineering 3.73 17,877 +14
Microbiology 3.63 3,014 +10
Molecular Biology & Genetics 3.60 6,406 +12
Neuroscience & Behavior 3.56 7,635 -7
Social Sciences 3.36 12,002 -25
Environment/Ecology 3.48 5,921 -12
Biology & Biochemistry 3.24 9,858 +3
Pharmacology & Toxicology 3.23 5,308 +7
Materials Science 2.60 7,640 +6

Between 2008 and 2012, Thomson Reuters indexed 235, 228 papers that listed at least one author address in Spain. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by Agricultural Sciences and Environment/Ecology.

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Science papers featuring Spain-based authors exceeded the world average for the field by 32% (12.51 citations per paper for Spain versus the world mark of 9.45 citations). Spain’s showing in relative citation impact was also strong in Agricultural Sciences (36% above the world mark) and Physics (+39%). In Geosciences, Spain’s impact score happened to match the world figure precisely: 4.97 cites per paper.

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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