Science-Metrix peers into Arctic research

Published on June 6 2010

Science-Metrix has released a bibliometric study on Arctic Research that was conducted to support the development of Canada’s Northern Strategy. The 2009 study, conducted for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, provides evidence that will help to inform the implementation of a research station in the Arctic. Within this context, two main questions were addressed:

  • Is Canada a leader in Arctic research?
  • How does Canada interact with other countries in Arctic research?

This report presents salient statistics on the Arctic research being conducted in Canada and compares Canada’s performance with those of other countries. Some of the key findings of the report: 

  • The only country that published more Arctic research papers than Canada (1996–2007) was the US.
  • Canada is highly specialized in the field, as are other countries with direct access to the Arctic.
  • On average, Canadian papers on Arctic science are not as frequently cited as those published by other leading countries in the field.
  • Canada conducts its Arctic research in a fairly closed manner—it has the lowest international collaboration rate among the 20 leading countries in the field.
  • Arctic-based environmental science is clearly a Canadian strength.

Environment Canada is the third most prolific institution in the world in Arctic research and is a hub for both national and international scientific collaboration networks in the field.

Download the report

Côté G. and Picard-Atiken M. (2009)
Bibliometric Study on Arctic Research. Prepared for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) by Science-Metrix, 26 pages.