News & AnalysisScience Indicators 2012

Report Notes China's Influence in Emerging Asian Science Zone

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Science  20 Jan 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6066, pp. 274-275
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6066.274

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Pumping money into research has made China a scientific force to be reckoned with. A new report from the U.S. National Science Foundation documents the impact of that investment on how scientists interact. The 2012 edition of the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report, a 575-page compendium of global trends in science and engineering released this week, provides a glimpse of that new landscape, including a sharp rise in intra-Asian collaborations and the growing share of top-cited papers by Chinese authors. The report also traces the impact of China's sustained investment in engineering, on everything from university graduates to high-tech trade surpluses.