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Publications and Expats Warn Of Russia's Dangerous Decline

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Science  05 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5966, pp. 631
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5966.631-a

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Russian researchers at home and abroad have long warned that Russian basic research is in a dangerous, even terminal, decline. Last week, information provider Thomson Reuters confirmed their fears, releasing an analysis* of worldwide publications that shows that Russia's research output has continued to slide since the demise of the Soviet Union. After a peak of more than 29,000 papers published in 1994, the total slumped to 22,000 in 2006, although it bounced back somewhat in the following 2 years. In the 5 years from 2004 to 2008, Russia produced only 127,000 papers, 2.6% of the world's total. During that time, Russia ranked behind countries such as China (8.4%), Canada (4.7%), Australia (3.0%), and India (2.9%) and was only slightly ahead of the Netherlands (2.5%).