UK research base is 'most productive'

Report highlights UK's leading position in science and research.

In a report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and compiled by Elsevier, UK research is described as the most productive in the world.

Key findings say that UK research:

  • Achieves more citations per pound spent than any other country
  • Produces more articles per year per researcher
  • Accounts for 14% of the worlds highly cited articles
  • Achieves more usage per article authored than researchers in China, Germany, Japan and the US

The research also finds that UK researchers are valued worldwide and are highly mobile, with 64% affiliated to a non-UK institution.  UK research is also collaborative - half of all UK attributable articles have at least one non-UK author.  The UK research base is broad, and the report highlights strengths in health and medical sciences, business and humanities, social sciences as well as mathematics and engineering.

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