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U.K. Scientific Papers Rank First in Citations

Science  28 Oct 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6055, pp. 443
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6055.443

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The U.K. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) released a citation analysis it commissioned from Elsevier, the scientific publishing company. The analysis, according to a BIS statement, found that the United Kingdom "attracts more citations per pound spent in overall research and development than any other country." A similar analysis, independently produced by Thomson Reuters, supports that basic theme: Scientific papers from Britain have the greatest impact in the world when the six most prolific nations are ranked by average number of citations.