China set to displace US
Brussels/New York – China’s annual research output exploded in the past decade, soaring from 20,000 publications in 1998 to 112,000 a decade later. It has now outpaced the EU and Japan, and is set to overtake the US within the next ten years if the trend continues (http://researchanalytics.thomsonreuters.com/grr/). The number of Chinese research papers is currently increasing at an annual rate four times faster than in the US. According to the analysis based on Thomson Reuters’ ISI Web of Science, China quadrupled output of published agribiotech papers from 2004-2008 compared to the preceding four years. In the same period, it showed a similar increase in research papers in immunology, microbiology, and genetics.