Science in Taiwan, 2009-2013

August 2014

Taiwan’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, Taiwan’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 Taiwan Number of papers from Taiwan Relative impact compared to world average in field (%)
Computer Science 5.14 7,527 -10
Engineering 4.52 22,887 +5
Materials Science 3.00 9,439 Even
Economics & Business 2.91 3,369 -30
Physics 2.41 13,072 -3
Taiwan’s overall percent share, all fields: 2.03
Chemistry 1.87 13,424 -2
Clinical Medicine 1.85 21,840 -17
Space Science 1.83 1,226 +2
Pharmacology & Toxicology 1.83 3,133 -9
Mathematics 1.76 3,318 +3
Immunology 1.57 1,775 -38
Molecular Biology & Genetics 1.49 2,904 -36
Geosciences 1.48 2,742 +1
Biology & Biochemistry 1.42 4,575 -24
Social Sciences 1.36 5,162 -7
Environment/Ecology 1.32 2,471 -13
Agricultural Sciences 1.25 2,265 +41
Psychiatry/Psychology 1.24 2,216 -39
Neuroscience & Behavior 1.19 2,723 -29
Microbiology 1.19 5,277 -29
Plant & Animal Sciences 0.90 2,897 -5

Between 2009 and 2013, Thomson Reuters indexed 131,320 papers that listed at least one author address in Taiwan. Of those papers, the highest percentage appeared in journals classified under the main heading of Computer Science, followed by Engineering and Materials Science.  

As the right-hand column shows, the citations-per-paper average, or impact, of Computer Science papers featuring Taiwan-based authors was 10% below the world average for the field (2.86 citations per paper for Taiwan versus the world mark of 3.18 citations). Although the impact of Taiwan’s research in many of these selected fields has not yet reached parity with world baselines, the nation’s relative-impact mark was strong in Agricultural Sciences (41% above the world mark) and above the world figure in other fields, including Engineering (+5%) and Mathematics (+3). In Materials Science, Taiwan’s impact happened to match the world mark precisely: 5.04 cites per paper.

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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