A Metrics-Based Assessment of Scotland’s Science Landscape (2007-2016)

A Metrics-Based Assessment of Scotland’s Science Landscape (2007-2016)Major New Report Highlights Global Impact of Scottish Research

To learn more about the relative performance of Scotland’s science base, The Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) commissioned Elsevier to undertake a metrics-based assessment of Scotland’s science landscape from 2007-2016.

The report A Metrics-Based Assessment of Scotland’s Science Landscape (2007-2016) compares how the Scottish research sector performed over the past decade against other UK nations and selected EU and non-EU countries of similar population and economic size and finds that Scotland continues to punch above its weight in science and research.

Key findings:

  • Scottish research is high quality: in terms of citations per researcher, Scotland is number one compared to the other UK nations and the ten other countries in the report
  • Scottish researchers are ‘very productive’: Scotland has the highest number of publications per researcher amongst all UK nations and comparator countries
  • Scottish researchers are highly mobile:  over 89% of active researchers published at least one article under a non-Scottish affiliation during 1997-2016.
  • Scotland is highly international, with 49.4% of its publications have an international co-author during 2007-2016

Read the report