World trends in psychological research output and impact

O'Gorman, John, Shum, David H. K., Halford, W. Kim and Ogilvie, James (2012) World trends in psychological research output and impact. International Perspectives in Psychology, 1 4: 268-283. doi:10.1037/a0030520

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Author O'Gorman, John
Shum, David H. K.
Halford, W. Kim
Ogilvie, James
Title World trends in psychological research output and impact
Journal name International Perspectives in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2157-3883
Publication date 2012-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0030520
Volume 1
Issue 4
Start page 268
End page 283
Total pages 16
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Research output and impact are important indices of the health of individual fields of science. The present study analyzed publications and citations in psychology recorded in Web of Science for the years 1996 to 2010 for 73 countries, and the association of output with indices of national development. Authors with affiliations to institutions in the United States or Western Europe were the major contributors over the period, with output and impact being highly correlated. Authors from the United States showed the single largest contribution to publications and citations, but their output, in terms of percentage share of world output, has decreased over the period. A nation's gross domestic income per head of population was related to output. The level of development of a country, its ratings on economic and political freedom, and its score on individualism–collectivism were also related to output, but when income per capita was held constant, the correlations with these other variables became statistically nonsignificant. Ways in which psychological research can be promoted beyond Europe and North America are briefly considered.
Keyword Publications
Wealth intensity
Human development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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