India's Scientific Research Output Increases Eighty Percent Since 2000

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Oct. 6 /CNW/ -- A study from Thomson Reuters released today predicts that, based on substantial and recent growth, India's research productivity will be on par with most G8 nations within 7-8 years and could overtake them between 2015-2020.

The study, Global Research Report: India, informs policymakers about the research and collaboration potential of India and its current place in world science. The study is part of a new series of Global Research Reports from Thomson Reuters that will illustrate the changing landscape and dynamics of the global research base around the world.

"India's current rise in science is as impressive as its economic surge of recent years and clearly has immense potential to become the home for world-class research," said Mike Boswood, CEO, Healthcare & Science business, Thomson Reuters. "As India builds on its scientific enterprise, further diversifies its research base and expands its collaborative networks, the nation is well placed to become one of the leaders in world science."

The study draws on data found in Web of Science®, available on the ISI Web of Knowledge® platform -- the world's largest citation environment of the highest quality scholarly literature. Key findings include:

    --  In the last decade, India has seen a substantial growth in its annual
        output of scientific publications -- from roughly 16,500 in 1998 to
        nearly 30,000 in 2007, an increase of 80 percent.
    --  India's annual growth rate has vaulted in recent years to rival
        comparable figures from such well-established European and Asian
        nations as Japan, France, German, and the United Kingdom.
    --  India's research portfolio is markedly balanced between the life
        sciences and physical sciences.
    --  India has established stable and growing research partnerships with a
        variety of nations --notably, the United States, Germany, the United
        Kingdom, and Japan.

    --  South Korea has hugely increased its percentage of papers
        collaboratively with Indian authors in what is generally a doubling in
        volume of Indian collaborative output with Asian partners, possibly
        signaling the emergence of a clearer regional research network.


"By examining India's scientific focus and how its areas of concentration map to the rest of the world, this report will provide policymakers and institutions who are interested in engaging with India's growing research base with useful information and insights that will help them leverage opportunities for innovation," Boswood said.


    For a copy of the report, go to


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