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Citation Data Reveal World Rankings Of Scientific Papers

Sidebar: 30 Nations Ranked By Citations Per Paper, 1992-1996 EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1991, the then-fledgling newsletter Science Watch analyzed the impact of research articles from hundreds of fields published and cited between 1981 and 1990 for 30 nations (2[1]:1-2, Jan./Feb. 1991). In that study as well as the one reprinted here, the same five nations -- Switzerland, United States, Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark -- placed in the top five. The current analysis ranks 30 nations according to their

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Sidebar: 30 Nations Ranked By Citations Per Paper, 1992-1996

EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1991, the then-fledgling newsletter Science Watch analyzed the impact of research articles from hundreds of fields published and cited between 1981 and 1990 for 30 nations (2[1]:1-2, Jan./Feb. 1991). In that study as well as the one reprinted here, the same five nations -- Switzerland, United States, Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark -- placed in the top five. The current analysis ranks 30 nations according to their average citations per paper for articles published between 1992 and 1996 using the Philadelphia-based Insfitute for Scientific Information's (ISI's) National Science Indicators on Diskette.

The Science Watch article analyzing the rankings (8[3]:1-2, May/June, 1997) is reprinted here with the permission of the newsletter and lSI, its publisher. For more information on the citation databases and information discussed in the article, contact Christopher King, editor of Science Watch, ISI, 3501 Market St.,...

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