A millennium in science

Issue 19 - Oct 2008
Christopher King
After several consecutive years of minimal increase through the 1980s and 90s, India’s output
of scientific papers has risen sharply since 2000. Concurrently, the citation impact of the nation’s
published research in main fields has been trending upward in recent years.

To assess India-based science, Science Watch turned to the Thomson Reuters database National Science Indicators and its collection of publication and citation statistics. The adjoining chart records the number of papers indexed by Thomson Reuters for each year between 1985 and 2007 that listed at least one India-based institution among the author addresses. In 1985, the number
was approximately 12,500, and for the next 15 years the total never much exceeded 14,000.
Around the year 2000, however, the number began to tick upwards, rising to nearly 17,000 in 2001,
reaching 20,000-plus in 2003, and winding up at more than 27,000 in 2007.

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