Decline of Japanese science continues, as its smaller institutions shine

(21 March 2018) A new analysis from the Nature Index has revealed that Japan continues to decline in its overall contribution to high-quality scientific output. A further fall of 3.7% in 2017 deepens the 19.6% decrease recorded by the Nature Index between 2012 and 2016.

Japan’s share of the world’s high-quality research articles included in the Nature Index declined from 9.2% in 2012 to 8.6% in 2017, and its share of natural science papers in Elsevier’s Scopus database also dropped over the past decade, from 7.7% in 2007 to 5.1% in 2017.

The Nature Index 2018 Japan supplement, published today, also finds that some of Japan’s smallest academic institutions are among the most efficient in producing high-quality science when measured against much larger research heavyweights.

Read the full article by Mark Staniland of Nature Research.