N – Science papers in South Africa

Since the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa has increased its research output and its scientific collaboration with other countries, says an article in Science Watch(http://sciencewatch.com/ana/fea/10mayjunFea/). In March 1995, the country’s scientific profile reflected its isolation from the world community. Since then, its number of published papers and citation impact in various fields has climbed steadily, from 3,300 in 1989 to over 6,600 in 2008. Collaboration with authors from other countries also increased. In plant and animal sciences, South Africa contributed 1.55% of the world’s output, and it beat the world average for citations-per-paper in computer science, environment/ecology, space science, immunology and clinical medicine.

Thanks to Margaret Cooter