Sunday, May 08, 2011

Science and Technical Journal Articles

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Source: World Bank


John Fleck said...

It's hard to know what this means without the underlying data. The graph's implication is a decline in North American and EU science. But it's not a zero-sum game. It would not be surprising to find that, as Asians become more affluent, they are capable of doing a lot more science, increasing the total global amount of science now being done and therefore reducing the North American and EU share, even if we still do a lot of science too.

This would be a good thing.

William M. Connolley said...

Interesting. For the EU, of course, you have the problem that its got bigger over time.

The other thing you would control for, were that possible, is CV-driven-publication; I would expect more worthless/duplicate articles nowadays than there used to be.