Editor's Note: While the latest reports out of Washington, D.C., reveal that the United States continues to import far more goods from foreign nations than it exports to them, the trade balance is much more favorable to the U.S. in terms of its science products--the research papers that are, so to speak, made in America.

This conclusion was arrived at late last year by the monthly newsletter Science Watch, which compared the frequency with which U.S. papers and those from all other nations were cited during the years 1987-91. The analysis--based on data from the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in Philadelphia, which publishes the newsletter--showed, among other things, that U.S. papers were being referred to in excess of 50 percent more often than papers from other countries.

Results of the Science Watch study were published in the September 1992 issue of the newsletter. The report is reprinted here with...

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