Science in Sweden, 2008-2012

May 2014

Sweden’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, Sweden’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 Sweden Number of papers from Sweden Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Immunology 2.76 2,878 +5
Space Science 2.60 1,688 +58
Environment/Ecology 2.47 4,245 +50
Social Sciences 2.19 7,819 +28
Molecular Biology & Genetics 2.17 3,857 +53
Clinical Medicine 2.13 24,963 +54
Neuroscience & Behavior 2.06 4,407 +28
Economics & Business 2.04 2,255 +11
Biology & Biochemistry 1.94 5,919 +24
Geosciences 1.88 3,251 +49
Plant & Animal Science 1.70 5,281 +53
Sweden's overall percent share, all fields: 1.67
Physics 1.57 8,371 +49
Microbiology 1.52 1,266 +37
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.48 2,373 +48
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1.47 2,414 +45
Engineering 1.25 5,983 +24
Materials Science 1.16 3,405 +11
Computer Science 1.15 1,596 +11
Mathematics 1.04 1,784 +7
Chemistry 1.00 6,890 +35
Agricultural Sciences 0.93 1,625 +65

Between 2008 and 2012, Thomson Reuters indexed 103,418 papers that listed at least one author address in Sweden. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Immunology, followed by Space Science and Engineering.

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Immunology papers featuring Sweden-based authors was 5% above the world average for the field (9.73 citations per paper for Sweden versus the world mark of 9.28 citations). This was actually Sweden's lowest score in relative citation impact among the fields here, as the nation far exceeded the respective world averages in the other areas, notably in Agricultural Sciences (65% above the world mark), Space Science (58% above), and Clinical Medicine (+54%).

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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