Indicator Report 2007

The Norwegian Indicator Report 2007 was recently published by NIFU STEP, in cooperation with The Research Council of Norway and Statistics Norway. NordForsk presents some Nordic perspectives and excerpts from the report, and provides a link to the full text version of the publication.
 Indicator Report 2007
The biannual Norwegian indicator report describes the research and innovation system by presenting statistics, indicators and analysis, current state of play in Norwegian R&D as well as relevant contexts (particularly Nordic and European), noticeable tendencies and results. Below we have selected some excerpts from the report, focusing on research results measured in amount of scientific publications and citations.

Scientific Production in the Nordic Countries
2006 figures show that 26 % of the world’s scientific publications are produced in the US […] Measured by the amount of research publications, Sweden stands out as the greatest research nation in the Nordic region with almost twice as many scientific publications as Denmark, which ranks second among the Nordic countries. Norway’s share of the world production has been stable (0,5-0,6 %) for the last 20 years.

Norwegian researchers publish fewer articles per inhabitant than their Nordic colleagues. The indicator report gives an overview of scientific publishing in 34 selected countries. Sweden is on top among the Nordic countries and publishes almost 0,4 more articles per thousand inhabitants than Norway. Sweden is second only to Switzerland in this overview. Norway is ranked seventh, while Denmark, Iceland and Finland are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively.

[The Indicator Report] also reviews the development of scientific publishing from 2002 to 2007, by measuring the annual average increase/ decrease in the amount of published articles. Norway had the strongest annual increase in the Nordic region (7,9 %), Sweden had the lowest (2,7 %).

The Indicator report 2007 presents relative citation indexes for four Nordic countries from 1981-2005 (Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden). In the early 1980s there was a substantial chasm between Sweden and Denmark on one side and Finland and Norway on the other. But both Norway and Finland have shown positive developments in this respect, from the 1990s onwards. Denmark and Sweden’s scientific productions show high scores on the citation indexes during the whole period, even though Sweden has seen a moderate decrease.

Read the Indicator Report 2007 here. (Norwegian only)