China ousts UK in academic research ranking

UK“China has done what it has threatened to do for years: it has overtaken the UK to become the second-largest producer of academic research in the world. An annual report by data analyst Evidence, published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, shows that China has moved into second place after the US in a ranking of nations by their research output. Although the UK published 91,273 papers in 2008 – an average of 2.3 per researcher and up more than 11,000 on 2007 – it was not enough to keep pace with the most populous country in the world, which has experienced a four-fold rise in its output over the past decade …” (more)

[Zoë Corbyn, Times Higher Education, 2 October]

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