Written by C&EN Editor-at-Large Michael Heylin, the article notes that the National Science Foundation has launched a special study to find explanations for the stagnation in U. S. R&D publications -- a key indicator of scientific activity. Heylin uses the latest data from several sources, including the ACS' Chemical Abstracts Service, to document above-average global growth in publications and especially rapid growth in China and selected Asian and Western European countries.
The United States remains the largest single national source of research papers by a large margin, the article states. However, an NSF ranking of 157 nations puts the United States 12th in terms of scientific papers published per million population. The top 6 producers all were smaller nations -- Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Finland, Denmark and The Netherlands.
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"Globalization of Science Rolls on: Growth of scientific literature remains strong, while the world of science continues to flatten"
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