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Scientific publications by Dutch universities

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31 August 2021
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Many scientists communicate about their research in the form of scientific publications. in this data publication we provide information on the size of the output of scientific publications, by cluster of scientific fields and by university.

In short

  • Between 1997 and 2019 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 2019?

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 1997-2019 the share of this cluster in the total publication-output increased from 29% tot 38%. 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 2019?

Of all universities, the universities of Utrecht, Groningen and Nijmegen and the two universities of Amsterdam have the largest output of scientific publications, also due to the fact of having an university medical centre. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) produced in 2019 the largest number of scientific publications by far, with a share of 12%. All universities show an increase in the number of scientific publications, with the exception of Tilburg University, which shows a slight decrease.