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A study by Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of health and science information, was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise to review the performance of the Scottish research base in chemical and life sciences, compared to the rest of the world.

It investigates the collaboration between the technology, innovation, chemical and life sciences sectors.

The report reveals that Scottish researchers are efficiently converting funding into high quality world class, peer reviewed research and patents.

Key findings

  • The average impact of Scottish life sciences research is one of the highest in the world
  • Scotland’s boasts some of the most productive and influential life sciences’ researchers in the world
  • Scotland’s level of research productivity and impact shows that the country is one of the most efficient in the world at managing and using research resources

In a comparison with 26 countries*, looking at a wide range of indicators across almost 8,000 scientific journals, Scotland ranked among the top three contenders for:

  • Productivity of its researchers
  • Impact of its researchers
  • Efficient use of resources with respect to productivity
  • Efficient use of resources with respect to average impact of Scottish life sciences research

More specifically, Scotland ranked:

  • 2nd for number of publications per researchers
  • 3rd for number of citations per researchers
  • 2nd for number of publications per GERD or per GDP
  • 1st for number of citations per GERD and 2nd for number of citations per GDP
  • 4th in terms of field weighted citation impact

*Rankings based on 11 comparator countries analysed in 2000, 2005 & 2010: CHE, SCO, IRL, BEL, NLD, SWE, CAN, DEU, GBR, DNK, FRA, FIN

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