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Title: Worldwide topology of the scientific subject profile: a macro approach in the country level
Authors: Moya Anegón, Félix de
Herrero-Solana, Víctor
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: [Background] Models for the production of knowledge and systems of innovation and science are key elements for characterizing a country in view of its scientific thematic profile. With regard to scientific output and publication in journals of international visibility, the countries of the world may be classified into three main groups according to their thematic bias.
[Methodology/Principal Findings] This paper aims to classify the countries of the world in several broad groups, described in terms of behavioural models that attempt to sum up the characteristics of their systems of knowledge and innovation. We perceive three clusters in our analysis: 1) the biomedical cluster, 2) the basic science & engineering cluster, and 3) the agricultural cluster. The countries are conceptually associated with the clusters via Principal Component Analysis (PCA), and a Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) map with all the countries is presented.
[Conclusions/Significance] As we have seen, insofar as scientific output and publication in journals of international visibility is concerned, the countries of the world may be classified into three main groups according to their thematic profile. These groups can be described in terms of behavioral models that attempt to sum up the characteristics of their systems of knowledge and innovation.
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Keywords: Science
Indicators
Collaboration
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/30084
ISSN: 1932-6203
Citation: Moya-Anegón, F.; Herrero-Solana, V. Worldwide topology of the scientific subject profile: a macro approach in the country level. Plos One, 8(12): e83222 (2013). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/30084]
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