Pakistan has beaten China to become the second leading country in the world having the largest percentage in global research output rise. This is according to Nature.com.
Clarivate Analytics for Nature is a publishing service company that has put up the estimates in this regard. It is revealed Pakistan global research output is 15.9% more, just behind Egypt that came first with 21% global research output rise.
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Experts believe that due to rise in international & national fundings and global collaborations, Egypt and Pakistan are the top two countries in research output rise.
Head of science and innovation studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands Robert Tijssen was quoted in an article saying, “One reason could be that both countries started from a low base — near the bottom of the list of top 40 countries in overall numbers of papers.”
Other than Egypt and Pakistan the publication of China has risen by 15%. India, Brazil, Mexico, and Iran research output growth has been 8% more than in comparison to 2017. Worldwide the research output increased by 5% in 2018.
China had almost 20 years of “strong policy-driven growth in science and higher education”. Chances are that China will overtake the USA and became the biggest publications producers in the world. China’s quality has also improved in terms of its citations. Caroline Wagner, a science and technology policy analyst at Ohio State University, and a former adviser to the US government said, “But for this to continue, the country will need to remain open to global influences.”