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Scotland's science and research base ranked among the best in the world

A report just published (January 2010) has found that in terms of citations per paper, Scotland ranks second in the world and, in terms of citations per researcher, third in the world.The report, commissioned by the Chief Science Advisor for Scotland Professor Anne Glover, compared publication rates and impact of research produced by universities, research institutes, industry and the NHS in Scotland, with those of other countries. The findings were based on 2007, and where possible, 2008 data.According to the report particularly strong areas of research in Scotland are biological sciences, which contributed 2.4 per cent of all citations, environment (2.2 per cent) and health and medical research (1.8 per cent). It also showed an increasing level of global collaboration with over 50% of Scottish research papers being internationally co-authored.The report highlighted the fact that as research becomes more expensive other countries research productivity has dropped, whereas Scotland has managed to retain its productivity: per country, publishing the largest amount of papers worldwide.First Minister Alex Salmond has commented on the report, saying that: "The Scottish Government continues to work with universities, research institutes, industry and community partners to ensure Scotland continues to be a competitive hotbed of ideas and innovation." And went on to say: "This new report supports the Government's work to attract new talent and investment to Scotland. It also strongly reinforces the message that Scotland is a world leader in technology, innovation and enterprise."To get the full list of results from the report, please visit: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/science/16607/resear...
James Beggs

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