The scientific impact of developing nations

Claudia N. Gonzalez-Brambila, Leonardo Reyes-Gonzalez, Francisco Veloso, Miguel Angel Perez-Angón

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This paper analyzes science productivity for nine developing countries. Results show that these nations are reducing their science gap, with R&D investments and scientific impact growing at more than double the rate of the developed world. But this “catching up” hides a very uneven picture among these nations, especially on what they are able to generate in terms of impact and output relative to their levels of investment and available resources. Moreover, unlike what one might expect, it is clear that the size of the nations and the relative scale of their R&D investments are not the key drivers of efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0151328
Number of pages14
JournalPLoS one
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2016


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