Top 10 countries in Earth and environmental sciences research

Canada jumps up the ranks, knocking Australia down.

20 February 2020

Gemma Conroy

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Biologist Nicole Paleczny at a research site called Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park, Canada.

The United States is the leader in Earth and environmental sciences, but China, in second place, is making some serious ground.

Since 2017, China’s Share+ in high-quality articles in the Nature Index has grown by almost 25% - the largest increase among the top 10 countries.

The US’s output in the Earth and environmental sciences, on the other hand, has fallen by around 8%.

Germany (ranked fourth) has also made impressive gains in Earth and environmental sciences research, with its Share increasing by 13% in 2018.

Between 2018 and 2019, Canada jumped one spot to sixth place, knocking Australia down to seventh.

The Netherlands maintained its position in 10th place, but its output also declined by more than 15% since 2017 - the largest decrease among the top 10.

See below for Nature Index's top 10 countries in Earth and environmental sciences research.

+ Share, formerly referred to in the Nature Index as Fractional Count (FC), is a measure of a country’s contribution to articles in the 82 journals tracked by the index, calculated according to the proportion of its affiliated authors on an article relative to all authors on the article.


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