LONDON, March 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarivate
Plc (NYSE:CLVT), a global leader in providing trusted
information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation,
today launches a new Global Research Report from the Institute for
Scientific Information which outlines the research landscape of
eleven countries across Central
Europe – identifying rapidly maturing research networks.
Central Europe: A profile of
the region and its place in the European research
network highlights the current research output of the
countries that acceded to the European Union post-2000 -
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. These countries have shown strong,
consistent growth in research output over the past 30 years with an
increase in international collaboration clearly having a positive
The report finds that Central
Europe's researchers (co) authored around 4% of global
papers between 2016 and 2020, a doubling of world share since 1990.
The greatest volume is in multidisciplinary materials science
(5,545 papers), capturing 4.4% of world share. A greater share but
smaller volume is in mathematics (2,654 papers, 8.6%) and particle
physics (1,178 papers, 8.9% of world share).
Jonathan Adams, Chief Scientist
of the Institute for Scientific Information said: "Accession to the
European Union has provided these countries with direct access to
the EU Framework Programs of research funding, which has benefitted
their research output and ultimately their ability to accelerate
"In practice, while this enabled rapid growth in Central Europe, co-authorship with
Western Europe only increased from
18% in 1990-94 to 20% of total output in 2015-19. That with
Eastern Europe grew from just 4%
Impressively, for Estonia and
Lativa, two countries with relatively small research output,
international collaboration rates shot up to around 70%.
Conversely, Poland – considerably
the largest by research output – has an international collaboration
rate of around 40%, which is no different to twenty years ago.
Adams noted: "International collaboration has a major effect on
citation impact, pointing to a need for careful policy
interpretation. Poland has a
strong domestic research base, but less international
collaboration. Some of the Baltic states such as Estonia and Latvia have high levels of collaboration. That
pushes up their average citation impact but may not reflect
domestic research unless they build on those links."
The physical sciences are a core research focus for Central Europe which complements the life
science focus in Western Europe.
This expertise provides them with opportunities – it is likely to
be important for their involvement in globally relevant research
such as climate change and innovative energy technologies.
As Central Europe's
universities have grown both in number and stature, so the
historical influence of national academies in the region appears to
have decreased. This change in balance may reflect a cultural shift
away from directed, mission-led research towards a more open and
dynamic researcher-led environment.
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