Country and Regional Scientific Production Profiles (2013)

Science-Metrix has been selected as the provider of bibliometric indicators for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG Research), starting in September 2010 and extending to September 2014. This work involves the collection, analysis and updating of bibliometric data that will be integrated into the European Commission’s evidence-based monitoring of progress towards the objectives set forth in the Lisbon framework and the post-Lisbon Strategy for the European Research Area (ERA). The bibliometric component of this monitoring system is part of a package of six complementary studies reporting on the dynamics of research activities along the whole spectrum of knowledge, from R&D investments to publications, patents and licensing.

The analyses provided by Science-Metrix to the European Commission focus on the scientific performance—including impact and collaboration patterns—of countries, regions and research performers (such as universities, public research institutes and companies). The statistics produced by Science-Metrix are based on a series of indicators designed to take into account national and sector specificities, as well as to allow for a comprehensive analysis of the evolution, interconnectivity, performance and impact of national research and innovation systems in Europe. They also provide an overall view on Europe’s strengths and weaknesses in knowledge production across fields and subfields of science. In measuring progress towards past and current objectives, this information aims to support the development of research policies for the ERA.

The Present Report

This is the second annual update of the Country and Regional Scientific Production Profiles report, produced in 2011. It covers the 2000–2011 period. The report focuses on the bibliometric analysis of the scientific performance of European countries and regions within each of the 17 thematic priorities of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). It also covers 22 main fields representing somewhat traditional scientific disciplines. Unlike in previous editions, this report also analyses the scientific performance of countries by economic sectors based on a specific aggregation scheme of NACE (Nomenclature générale des activités économiques dans la Communauté européenne) categories. The report examines the production profiles and collaboration patterns of 42 countries and 50 NUTS2 regions. The 42 countries comprise the EU-27, candidate EU countries, members of the EFTA and other countries of interest, such as established (e.g., the United States) or upcoming (e.g., China) global players. Selected NUTS2 regions include the 50 regions which published the largest number of peer-reviewed publications over the 2000–2011 period.

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