A Comparative Analysis of High Impact Science Between the United States and China
We adopt the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) journal rankings 2010, which is a globally recommended ranking of peer review journal developed by the Australian Research Council, as the criterion of top journals. In total, we collect over three million articles and reviews published on 829 ERA A* journals during 1995-2013 from Scopus. By analyzing these articles, we find that: (1) Since 2012, China has surpassed Germany to be the second largest producer of top journal articles, which is about 8 year later than being the second largest producer of all articles. Chemistry is the first discipline to get to the second position; (2) Scientists with more publications tend to publish in top journal articles, which means publishing experience helps to improve the scientists’ capacity; (3)
At last, over 50% of the China’s articles are coauthored with other countries. This proportion goes up to about 70% when we limited to the scientists’ first top journal article, which shows that international collaboration spurred China’s top publications.