Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has released a study according to which Russia’s research output experienced a steady decline over the past 10 years and is now the second lowest among the ‘BRIC’ group of nations.
The study, The New Geography of Science: Research and Collaboration in Russia, found that after reaching a peak in 1994 of just over 29,000 papers, output in Russia declined over the next decade to reach a low of 22,000 in 2006. A review of literature over a recent five-year period shows Russia produced about 127,000 papers in all fields of science, accounting for 2.6 percent of the world’s papers published in journals indexed by Thomson Reuters. This is more than Brazil but less than India and far less than China. On a worldwide basis, Russia’s output was less than Australia and Canada and only slightly more than the Netherlands.
The study is part of the Global Research Report series from Thomson Reuters that illustrates the changing landscape and dynamics of scientific research around the world. It draws on data found in Web of Science, available on the Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge platform.
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