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Study shows rise in academic papers published by Greek researchers

Δημοσίευση 7 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 09:12 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Study shows rise in academic papers published by Greek researchers
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The number of academic papers written in Greece rose sharply between 1993-2008, when the rate of increase was among the highest in the European Union and the 30 member-states of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to a survey by Greece's National Documentation Centre (EKT) released on Monday.

The number of academic papers written in Greece rose sharply between 1993-2008, when the rate of increase was among the highest in the European Union and the 30 member-states of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to a survey by Greece's National Documentation Centre (EKT) released on Monday.

Greece also performed well in terms of the number of articles published relative to population, with 820 papers per one million inhabitants in 2007. This ranked the country 17th among OECD member-states in 2008 and greatly improved on its position in 1993, while surpassing publications relative to population in Japan, Italy and Spain.

The results of the study have been published as an e-book by EKT and are available in Greek on its website www.ekt.gr/metrics/.

This is based on the data for some 92,456 papers generated by 70 bodies in Greece, including universities, technical educational institutes, research centres supervised by the general secretary for research and technology, other public-sector research bodies, state-sector health bodies, private-sector health bodies, organisations supervised by the defence ministry, museums, banks, various other state organisations and private organisations.

The statistical processing of the data was carried out using specialised software developed by EKT. This showed an increase in both the number of times Greek papers are referenced by other scientists and academics worldwide but also the percentage of publications that include references to the sum of Greek publications.

For example, in the five-year period 2004-2008 there a total of 43,447 Greek papers published, of which 26,224 (60.3 percent) were referenced 165,981 times. In the five-year period 1993-1997, by contrast, there were a total of 16,869 Greek papers published and 7,919 of these (46.9 percent) were referenced 35,044 times.

The highest percentage reference rates in 2004-2008 were achieved by private health organisations (69.4 percent) and research centres supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (68.4 percent).

The highest number of publications were authored within universities or with the participation of universities, which employ the largest number of researchers and accounted for 80.8 percent of the total. General Secretariat for Research and Technology research centres follow with 16 percent of the total and public-sector health organisations are third with 10.7 percent.

Papers written by university or with universities also accounted for the largest number of references of Greek papers (76.2 percent of the total) between 1993-2008, followed by General Secretariat for Research and Technology research centres (22.8 percent) and state health organisations (12.7 percent).

The natural sciences account for 51.4 percent of papers published by Greek authors in 2004-2008, while the fields of medicine and health sciences record the fastest rate of increase in terms of the number of papers published and an ever-increasing share of the total, which came to 37.5 percent in 2004-2008.

Mechanical engineering and technology holds a 23.7 percent share in the same period while there are few Greek papers in agricultural science, social science and human studies.

The study also records an increase in collaboration between Greek researchers and other research teams abroad, with papers produced collaboratively rising from 47.2 percent in 1993 to 65 percent in 2008.

The study is also available in printed version at the National Research Foundation bookshop in Athens (48 Vassileos Konstantinou St).