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China Surpasses U.S. In Global Scientific 'Hot Papers' Ranking

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The report also discusses highly cited papers, which are associated with groundbreaking contributions to their fields.

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China has surpassed the United States with the number of scientific papers published and cited in the world's most influential journals, according to statistical data released by the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC).

China ranked first on the international papers citation chart in computer science and five other major disciplines — agricultural sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, and mathematics.

According to the data, Chinese researchers published 1,929 "hot papers" — papers that receive significant numbers of citations soon after publication, usually in a rapidly evolving field — accounting for 46 percent of the global total by July.

Meanwhile, U.S. researchers produced 1,592 hot papers. The U.S. was followed by Britain, Germany, and Australia, according to the data from ISTIC, which has been tracking papers published by Chinese researchers in domestic and overseas journals since 1987.

The report also noted a significant increase in the proportion of high-quality, high-influence Chinese papers published in domestic, rather than Western, journals.

From South China Morning Post
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