Science in Switzerland, 2008-2012

April 2014

Switzerland’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, Switzerland’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 Switzerland Number of papers from Switzerland Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Space Science 3.65 2,372 +75
Immunology 3.28 3,421 +47
Geosciences 3.09 5,349 +77
Molecular Biology & Genetics 2.52 4,483 +66
Neuroscience & Behavior 2.49 5,336 +28
Physics 2.43 12,995 +88
Environment/Ecology 2.42 4,155 +84
Clinical Medicine 2.16 25,218 +67
Economics & Business 2.06 2,277 +32
Microbiology 1.99 1,652 +59
Switzerland's overall percent share, all fields: 1.99
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.96 3,137 +19
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1.82 2,981 +38
Plant & Animal Science 1.80 5,587 +62
Biology & Biochemistry 1.76 5,360 +56
Computer Science 1.51 2,105 +51
Chemistry 1.50 10,313 +57
Social Sciences 1.33 4,750 +62
Mathematics 1.18 2,017 +38
Agricultural Science 1.14 1,994 +53
Engineering 1.12 5,383 +42
Materials Science 1.12 3,279 +82

Between 2008 and 2012, Thomson Reuters indexed 115,892 papers that listed at least one author address in Switzerland. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Space Science, followed by Immunology and Geosciences.

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Space Science papers featuring Switzerland-based authors surpassed the world average for the field by 75% (16.55 citations per paper for Switzerland versus the world mark of 9.45 citations). In fact, Switzerland’s impact exceeded the world average in all the fields shown here, with particularly strong showings in Physics (88% above the world mark), Environment/Ecology (84% above), and Materials Science (+82%).

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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