Field rankings for France

December 2, 2010

The data above were extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Thomson Reuters. This database, currently covering the period 1 January 2000 to 31 August 2010, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters.

Articles are assigned to a field based on the journals in which they were published and the journal-to-field scheme used by Thomson Reuters. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated.

France ranks fifth in output, sixth in citations received and sixth in citations per paper among nations publishing 200,000 or more papers during the period measured across the science and social science fields surveyed by Essential Science Indicators.

The table above ranks fields for France by relative citation impact, that is, citations per paper for France in a field compared with the world’s citations per paper in the same field. France’s percentage above or below the world average is presented in the far right column.

France exhibits real strength, according to this measure, in agricultural sciences, plant and animal sciences, and geosciences: the country’s citation rate for these fields was about twice that of the nation as a whole. Only in economics and business, and psychiatry and psychology did the nation fail to achieve the world average in citation impact.

For more information on the Essential Science Indicators database, see:

Field rankings for France
Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators, January 2000-August 2010
 Field Papers CitationsCitations per paperWorld average % +/–
1Agricultural sciences9,000 83,984 9.336.85+36
2Plant and animal sciences26,6641,08910.177.54+35
3Geosciences22,302 4,058 12.299.45+30
4Physics67,503 736,387 10.918.83+24
5Engineering38,185 216,205 5.664.60+23
6Materials science22,622 186,715 8.256.79+22
7Microbiology11,588 212,933 18.3815.50+19
%3D8Environment/ecology12,246 159,854 13.0511.02+18
%3D8Mathematics24,094 95,474 3.963.37+18
10Pharmacology7,847 109,419 13.9411.95+17
%3D11Astronomy/astrophysics14,371 231,14816.0813.97+15
%3D11Chemistry64,095 804,018 12.5410.91+15
13Molecular biology18,412 506,872 .5325.21+9
%3D14Clinical medicine111,651 1,524,403 13.6512.64+8
%3D14Immunology8,107 186,692 23.0321.41+8
16Neuroscience16,613 329,877 19.8619.04+4
17Biochemistry32,994 562,519 17.0516.90+1
18Computer science14,870 53,331 3.593.60–
19Economics and business5,776 31,919 5.535.96-7
20Psychiatry/psychology5,820 52,942 9.1010.90-17
All fields542,2936,660,63012.2810.57+16

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