Forfas/HEA Report on Irish Research Performance
Just before Christmas Forfas published a report commissioned by itself and the HEA and carried out by Evidence Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Thompsons Reuters that specialized in research performance and analysis. The report which can be accessed via this link http://www.forfas.ie/media/forfas091209_bibliometric_study.pdf examines the research output and impact of Irish research between the years 1998 and 2007. The report makes interesting reading and shows for example that research output in this country doubled between these years, when output in the UK, Germany and France remained more or less flat. Ireland’s share of world’s citations is greater than its share of world publications indicating that its output is cited more than average. On a volume basis Ireland is 18th in the world but 8th on impact with a ranking higher than Finland or Australia which is pretty good!
I would encourage people to read the detail in this report as it is likely to influence science policy over the coming years.