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Citation impact of scientific publications in the Netherlands (WoS)

data publication
15 September 2020
Citation-impact publications
How does the average citation impact of Dutch publications develop? In this data publication, we share the figures of four periods, distinguished according to the different clusters of scientific areas.

In short

  • Between 2000 and 2018, the average citation impact of Dutch scientific publications increases. From 2005 it is above the world average in all scientific fields.
  • The citation impact of the Social Sciences has increased most during this period. The Natural Sciences show a decline between 2000 and 2018.
  • The fields of Agriculture, Technology, Health and Humanities show an increase between 2000 and 2013, and then decline or remain constant.

What is the development of the citation impact score between 2000 and 2018, by field of science?

Analysis
Over the period from 2003 to 2018, there is an increase in the average citation impact of Dutch scientific publications for all areas, except for science area Nature. Here we see a decrease in citation impact over this period. For Engineering, Humanities and Health, we see a slight decrease in citation impact in the last period (2015-2018). In this last period, all fields of science score above the world average. In our fact sheet on the development of the scientific research profile we show that within all these fields of science, the Netherlands is in the international Top 5 in terms of citation impact.