China publishes the second most scientific papers in international journals in 2010: report   2011-12-02 16:13:54 FeedbackPrintRSS

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- A report published on Friday revealed that in 2010 the Chinese mainland published 121,500 academic papers on science and technology in major international journals, accounting for 8.6 percent of the world's total.

The statistics are based on a survey of papers indexed by renowned international databases such as the Science Citation Index (SCI) and the Engineering Index (Ei), according to the report issued by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC) under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Moreover, the number of Chinese theses published in the world's 173 highest-rated publications -- including Science and Nature -- reached 5,203 last year, the second most in the world, the report said.

From 2005 to 2010, this figure has increased at an annual average rate of 23.3 percent, higher than the growth rate of the sheer volume of the SCI-indexed papers, the report said.

These figures indicate that the quality and influence of Chinese scientific papers are rising remarkably, the report said.

The report also revealed that last year China published 530,600 papers in about 2,000 domestic science and technology journals.

However, the report warned that the number of average citations of each Chinese scientific paper, a benchmark for the merit of research papers, remains at a lower level.

In 2011, the average citations per paper is 6.21, an increase by 5.8 percent on a year-on-year basis, though still far below the world's average of 10.71, the report said.

According to the report, Chinese research papers in the fields of chemistry, material science, engineering and mathematics are among the most-cited papers in the world.

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