Field rankings for Australia

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators database, 1 January 1999-31 October 2009

January 21, 2010

 Field Papers CitationsCitations per paperWorld average% +/–
1Space science5,158 96,242 18.6613.77+36
2%3DMathematics6,020 25,625 4.263.24+31
2%3DGeosciences13,259 158,347 11.949.12+31
3Environment/ecology12,540 155,242 12.3810.36+20
4%3DEngineering17,677 90,437 5.124.29+19
4%3DPlant/animal sciences26,669 232,547 8.727.31+19
5Physics14,621 144,406 9.888.62+15
6Clinical medicine63,589 899,131 14.1412.36+14
7Agricultural sciences7,748 57,203 7.386.54+13
8%3DMicrobiology4,850 83,096 17.1315.+12
8%3DChemistry18,446 212,479 11.5210.33+12
9%3DMaterials science7,659 52,084 6.806.23+9
9%3DComputer science6,823 24,754 3.633.34+9
10Pharmacology3,904 48,467 12.4111.52+8
11Biochemistry15,420 1,816 17.6316.67+6
12Immunology4,894 104,509 21.3521.04+1
13%3DMolecular biology7,265 180,373 24.8325.10–1
13%3DSocial sciences18,175 78,098 4.304.35–1
14Psychiatry/psychology11,317 108,171 9.5610.45–9
15Neuroscience7,957 129,999 16.3418.62–12
16Economics/business6,549 26,815 4.095.52–26
The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. The database, currently covering the period January 1999 through October 2009, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and the journal-to-category field-definition scheme used by Thomson Reuters. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated.

Australia ranks tenth in output, tenth in citations received and 16th in citations per paper (among nations publishing 50,000 or more papers during the period) across the science and social science fields surveyed

by Essential Science Indicators. The table above ranks fields for Australia by relative citation impact, that is, citations per paper for Australia in a field compared with the world’s citations per paper score in the same field. Australia’s percentage above or below the world average is presented in the column at far right. Exceptional areas of strength, according to this measure, are space science, mathematics and geosciences.

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