U.K. produces more papers than any other European nation, but articles from Switzerland carry more clout

For centuries, the nations of Europe have been competing fiercely with one another. They have fought long and bitter battles over mere slivers of land. They have clashed repeatedly in pursuit of new markets. Fortunately, outright warfare over land and markets is largely a thing of the past. But there is one realm in which the competition, although more civilized, is still hotly contested - science.

So, who's winning? The Scientist decided to take a look.

When measured according to volume of published scholarly papers, the United Kingdom clearly dominates the European scene, as is revealed in the accompanying map of Euroscience, 1988. However, in impact of scientific papers, it's Switzerland that sets the pace.

In this depiction, each nation has been drawn to a scale proportionate to the number of articles its scientists...

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