LONDON, October 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
New report measures
UK's research performance (2010-2014) against nations including France, Germany, U.S.,
Data analysis commissioned by the UK's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and provided by information analytics business Elsevier, shows that the UK continues to excel as a research nation: despite representing only 0.9% of the global population, it produces 15.2% of the world's most highly cited research.
While the UK produces research that ranks above the world average for quality, its leading position is being eroded by other countries: the UK's field-weighted citation impact is 1.57, compared to a global average of 1.0, however its annual growth has dropped from 1.3% (2008-2012) to 0.6% (2010-2014) and in 2014 China overtook the UK in global share of highly cited articles. Worldwide the UK's share of the share of articles has also dropped from 6.4% to 6.3%.
These are some of the key findings presented in the report International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base 2016
This report examines the UK's performance during the period 2010-2014, comparing it with seven other research-intensive countries (Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S.), four other fast growing nations (Brazil, India, Russia, and South Korea), as well as looking at regional research strengths within the UK.
Data in the report suggests that emerging countries such as China, and developed countries such as Italy, could threaten the UK's leadership position in the longer-term.
Measures of research performance analysed include: research quality, research investment and commercialisation, research mobility, and international collaboration.
Five key findings from the report are:
The UK remains a highly productive research nation, but competition from other countries is increasing
The UK is a key partner for global research collaboration and researcher mobility
To maintain the UK's leadership position on the global research stage, continued investment in its national research base is needed
Commercialization of UK research
UK's regions have distinct research strengths
Dr. Nick Fowler, Managing Director Research Networks at Elsevier said: "The UK will need to make strong policy decisions to maintain its attractive research climate. With our data and analytical capabilities, Elsevier aims to help UK academia and government track and measure key success factors such as collaboration and researcher mobility, which contribute to the country's scientific excellence. As was the case with previous reports we have produced for BEIS, this level of data analysis provides a unique window into the UK's research sector."
This is the third consecutive report in this series by Elsevier: the first was published in October 2011 and the second in December 2013. The reports analyses data derived from sources including Elsevier's Scopus database, the OECD, and WIPO.
For a copy of the report, go to: http://www.elsevier.com/research-intelligence/beis-pdf
For interviews please contact Sacha Boucherie [email protected]
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. http://www.elsevier.com
Media contact Sacha Boucherie Global Communications, Elsevier +31-20-485-3564 [email protected]
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