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Scientific publications by Dutch universities

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11 August 2022
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How many scientific publications have been published by Dutch universities from 1997 to 2020? What is the distribution of the number of publications over the various clusters of scientific areas? And what is the number of scientific publications in 2020 per Dutch university? In this data publication, we share the figures from the Kengetallen universitair onderzoek (KUOZ) of the Universities of the Netherlands (UNL).

In short

  • Between 1997 and 2020 there is an increasing trend in the number of Dutch scientific publications.
  • The medical cluster shows the greatest growth in the number of scientific publications.
  • Universities affiliated with a university medical center have the most scientific publications.

How did the volume of Dutch university scientific publications develop between 1997 and 2020?

Since 2003, the number of scientific publications from universities shows an increasing trend. This development is due to considerable growth in the number of Medical science publications. In the period 1997-2020 the share of this cluster in the total publication-output increased from 29% tot 39%. The share of the clusters Behavioural & Social Sciences and Humanities has decreased during this period. The share of the Behavioural & Social sciences decreased from 28% to 20% of total publication output, the share of the Humanities decreased from 11% to 7%. The share of the cluster Science and engineering increased between 1997 and 2008 (from 33% to 39%), but decreased after 2010 to 34%.

How many scientific publications were published per Dutch university in 2020?

Of all universities, the universities of Amsterdam, Groningen and Utrecht have the largest output of scientific publications in 2020. They all include an university medical centre. All universities show an increase in the number of scientific publications from 1997 onwards.