Israel one of most scientific nations

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel is the fourth most scientifically active nation in the world, according to data compiled by Israel's Council of Higher Education and presented on Monday at Bar-Ilan University.

Israel placed just behind Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark for the number of scientific publications per million citizens.

In 2005 alone, Israeli scientists and researches published 6,309 essays and articles in foreign scientific journals. That meant nearly one percent of all scientific publications in that year came from Israel.

Even more impressive was the number of times those Israeli publications were cited by other scientists. For instance, Professor Avram Hershko of the Technion in Haifa, who in 2004 won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, wrote 148 essays that year which were cited more than 16,000 times.

By comparison, the US ranked number 12 on the list for scientific activity.

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