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UK physics research surpasses the US in average quality ranking

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1.  Contact
For further information, contact IOP Senior Press Officer, Joe Winters, on 020 7470 4815/07946 321473 or email joseph.winters@iop.org.

2.  Key statistics (more available in the summary report)

% share of world physics papers in 2010 – UK and comparator countries:

Country2010
USA22.0
China18.6
Germany10.5
Japan9.6
France7.6
Russia7.3
UK6.4
Italy5.0
South Korea4.8
India4.6
Canada3.0
Brazil2.0


Citation impact of physics papers in 2010 – UK and comparator countries:

Country2010
Canada1.75
UK1.72
Germany1.62
USA1.60
Italy1.44
France1.39
Brazil1.10
Japan1.09
South Korea0.79
India0.75
Russia0.70
China0.66


UK % share of world papers in physics vs. comparator fields:

Field200120052010
Space science14.616.318.9
Physics7.16.96.4
Engineering8.17.45.9
Mathematics6.46.05.7
Chemistry6.65.44.8


Citation impact of UK papers in physics vs. comparator fields:

Field200120052010
Physics1.241.431.72
Space science1.371.371.62
Mathematics1.431.201.33
Chemistry1.201.251.60
Engineering1.051.081.17


3. Bibliometric evaluation and international benchmarking of the UK’s physics research
This report analyses the performance of UK physics research.  It was commissioned by the Institute of Physics (IOP) from Evidence, a business of Thomson Reuters.  The report complements a more detailed IOP study of UK research in the sub-disciplines that make up physics (Bibliometric evaluation and international benchmarking of the UK’s physics research: Physics and sub-disciplines) which is available on request.  The study was commissioned to provide IOP with data it can use for the development of policy and to contribute to its wider discussion with stakeholders.