The Nature Index 2015 Asia-Pacific reveals strong overall results from the traditional science leaders in this region. In addition, some smaller countries excel in specific areas.
The region's top-10 producers
China leads the Asia-Pacific in weighted fractional count (WFC) — second only to the United States globally — and many countries in the region focus on chemistry and physical sciences.
Compared to the global balance of articles by category, scientists in the Asia-Pacific region publish less in the life sciences and more in chemistry.
ASIA-PACIFIC VS. THE WORLD
Scientists in the Asia-Pacific region account for about a quarter of the global WFC.
STRENGTHS BY SUBJECT
Based on WFC, China leads three of the four categories, and dominates chemistry with 53%.
THE FRUITS OF INVESTMENT
Countries with higher gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) publish more articles.
COOPERATION FROM AFAR
For nearly every country, collaborations outside the Asia-Pacific region far exceed those with scientists from within the region.