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Performance profile of the Dutch research system

data publication
21 October 2020
research
What is the citation impact of Dutch publications in the various scientific disciplines? In which fields of science does the Netherlands perform best? In this data publication, we look at the performance profile of the Dutch research system over the period 2015-2018 by comparing the research specialisation index (OSI) of the Netherlands with the citation impact (CI) for 35 science fields.

In short

  • Dutch Information and Communication Sciences and Political Sciences have a very high citation impact.
  • Computer Science, Instruments and Instrumentation, Mathematics and Statistics have a medium citation impact. The Netherlands has a relatively low to average level of specialization in this area.
  • Areas of science for which the Netherlands has a very high citation impact are also areas in which the Netherlands is highly specialized.

The performance profile of the Netherlands research system relates the Netherlands international research specialisation index (RSI) in the period 2015-2018 to the citation impact (CI) score, for 35 scientific fields. Thus, the indicator shows whether the scientific fields in which Dutch science is most specialised are also the fields with the highest performance.
 

Degree of specialisation and citation impact by field, 2015-2018
 

RSI - impact
Source: Clarivate Analytics/ WoS database, extraction by Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) and analysis by Rathenau Institute.
Notes: * These fields belong to the Humanities. Like Law, the Humanities are not well represented in Web of Science, as it is customary in these fields to publish in other ways as well.

Analysis
Of the 35 science fields, two have a very high citation impact, namely Information and Communication Sciences and Political Sciences. Ten fields of science have a high citation impact and fourteen fields of science have an above-average citation impact. The two fields in which the Netherlands has a very high citation impact are also fields in which the Netherlands is highly specialised.