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Academic Science and Engineering Article Output per 1,000 Science, Engineering, and Health Doctorate Holders in Academia (Articles)

State Indicator S-48

The volume of peer-reviewed articles published per 1,000 academic science, engineering, and health (SEH) doctorate holders is an approximate measure of their contribution to scientific knowledge. This indicator should not be seen as a measure of an individual’s efficiency; publications are only one measure of academic productivity; other measures may include personnel trained, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other outputs. A high value on this indicator shows that the SEH faculties in a state's academic institutions are generating a high volume of publications relative to the number of SEH doctorate holders employed at academic institutions in the state. Academic institutions include 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges and universities, medical schools, and university-affiliated research centers. Research is more central to the mission of some of these institutions than others.

Publication counts are based on the number of articles that appear in a set of journals tracked by Elsevier’s Scopus database as of December 2016. The journal set consists of S&E publications (including publications on the natural sciences, applied sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences but excluding the arts and humanities). Only documents published in refereed scientific journals were counted (mostly articles, reviews, and conference proceedings), as these documents were reviewed by peers prior to being accepted for publication. The peer-review process is designed to ensure that the research is of good quality and constitutes an original contribution to scientific knowledge. Fractional counting at the level of researchers is used to ensure that a single paper is not counted several times. For example, if two of three authors are in state A and the third author is in state B, then two-thirds of the publication is attributed to state A, and one-third is attributed to state B.

SEH doctorates include those in computer sciences; mathematics; biological, agricultural, or environmental life sciences; physical sciences; social sciences; psychology; engineering; and health fields. SEH doctorate data are estimates and exclude those with doctorates from foreign institutions and those older than 75. Data for SEH doctorate holders in academia are presented by employment location, regardless of residence. Estimates for states with smaller populations of SEH doctorate holders are generally less precise than estimates for states with larger populations.

Nationally, both S&E article output and employment of SEH doctorate holders in academia have experienced long-term increases. However, the growth in article output has outpaced that of employment, meaning that this indicator has risen over time for most states and the nation overall.

Data on employed SEH doctorate holders are collected by the Survey of Doctorate Recipients. Data include those with research doctoral degrees in computer and mathematical sciences; biological, agricultural, or environmental life sciences; physical sciences; social sciences; psychology; engineering; and health fields. SEH doctorate data exclude individuals with doctorates from foreign institutions and those older than 75. SEH doctorate holders are assigned to a state based on where they work.

Data sources: Science-Metrix, special tabulation from Scopus; National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients.

  • 1st Quartile

    9991,388
  • 2nd Quartile

    892997
  • 3rd Quartile

    745865
  • 4th Quartile

    329740
  • No data

Footnote

NOTES: Articles were fractionally allocated among regions/countries/economies based on the proportion of residences of all named authors. The publication total for the United States reported here includes Puerto Rico, as well as articles for which the location could not be determined; Employed SEH doctorate holders are classified by employment location.

SOURCE: Science-Metrix, special tabulations from Scopus, data as of July 2017; National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, Survey of Doctorate Recipients (various years), data as of August 2017.

Recommended Citation: National Science Board. 2018. “Academic Science and Engineering Article Output per 1,000 Science, Engineering, and Health Doctorate Holders in Academia.” Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, State Indicators. Alexandria, VA: National Science Foundation (NSB-2018-1). https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/state-indicators/indicator/academic-se-articles-per-1000-seh-doctorate-holders-in-academia

Last updated: January 18, 2018