The Science Resources Statistics Division of the National Science Foundation held a workshop last week to explore why the number of US science publications in high-impact journals has plateaued. The meeting responded to the findings of a January report from the NSF's National Science Board that showed the number of US publications remained essentially flat from 1992 to 2002, leading to a drop in the US share of publications from 38% to 30%.About 35 bibliometrics researchers, economists, sociologists, information scientists, and government and university administrators met on Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C. to explore the issue. "As far as we could tell, inputs were going up, but the number of science publications was not going up correspondingly," Robert Bell, a senior analyst in the Science Resources and Statistics Division, told The Scientist. The NSF shut the meeting's doors to the media because, according to Bell, data given in several...

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