R&D Outputs in Israel: International Comparison of Scientific Publications, 2017

Dr. Daphne Getz, Dr. Noa Lavid, Ella Barzani
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Getz Daphne, Lavid Noa, Barzani Ella. R&D Outputs in Israel: International Comparison of Scientific Publications, 2017 Haifa Israel: Samuel Neaman Institute, 2018. https://www.neaman.org.il/EN/R-D-Outputs-in-Israel-International-Comparison-of-Scientific-Publications-2017

his study was conducted in 2017, based on data from Elsevier's SciVal and Scopus databases.

The findings of the study indicate that in an international comparison, Israel's ranking continues to decline in various quantitative indices such as: the number of publications, the number of publications per capita, its share in the publications of the world and the OECD countries, and its growth rate.

This decline stems from the following internal factors: a low growth rate of publications leading to stagnation in the number of publications, especially in the number of publications per capita, and from external factors such as - steep growth on a global scale - especially in developing countries.

Israel shows an increase in all the indices of scientific impact (citation indices). However, this increase is not in pace with the rate of increase in other countries, and therefore, Israel's ranking among the countries is descending.

Analysis of Israel publications in Neuroscience shows growth in number of publications, number of Master and Doctoral theses, international collaboration, patents and number of publications in leading journals. There are two I-CORE (Israeli Centers for Research Excellence) and one MAGNET consortium focused in Neuroscience.

The effect of number of co-authors on the average citations' number of a publication. The average number of citations was found to be positively correlated with the number of co-authors and to an international collaboration.

Comparison of Israel to scientifically leading countries similar in size was conducted using several bibliometric and economic indices. The countries chosen were Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.

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