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Third European Report on Science & Technology Indicators 2003

European Commission
Third European Report on Science & Technology Indicators 2003
Towards a Knowledge-based Economy (published: March 2003)

Snap Shots from the Report:

0. The Lisbon strategy and the new dynamics for S&T and Innovation

Production and mobility of human resources
1. Europe: World's biggest 'brain factory'
2. Brain drain and brain gain in Europe
3. European PhD holders in the US
Other snapshots on human resources

Industry, competitiveness and research
4. Is Europe about to miss the boat of the biotech revolution?

5. Is Europe on track to make the nanotechnology transition?

6. Industry-university R&D co-operation
7. Europe's mixed performance in high-tech trade
8. The increasingly globalised nature of industrial research
9. Top R&D company performers
Other snapshots on industry and competitiveness

Universities and public research centres
10. The university model for the 21st century? Updated 2/2004
Other snapshots on public research

11. Red alert for European research
12. European civil research

Other snapshots on European perspectives



Additional documents related to the Report:
- Extended technical annex of the bibliometric analyses (Chapter 5)

- Extracts of the Report (provided with the CD ROM version)

Full electronic version (3,603 kb)

EUR 20025 EN
ISBN: 92-894-1795-1
Catalogue no. KI-NA-20025-EN-C
Price (excluding VAT) in Luxembourg: € 77

To order the full paper version of the report, please contact a local sales agent of the EC's Publiction Office . In case of difficulty, the Publication Office ( (email removed) ) can assist.

Press release

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Preface (by Commissioner Philippe Busquin)
Editor's Note
Table of Content

Taken from the report: Europe's most important and actively publishing research institutions: Update on Belgium

Source: DG-Research
Data: ISI, CWTS (Treatments)
Note: Period for publications and citations 1993-1999, citations excluding author self-citations. The overall relative citation impact score represents the aggregate of all broad scientific fields. On the level of broad fields, only those institutions have been taken into account which surpassed an output threshold of at least 70 publications during the period.
green : most actively publishing institution in field by country
lila : at least 25 % of total publication output across the 11 broad fields is within the marked field
red : highest number of citations in field by country
yellow : impact above world average ( 1.20)
orange : highest impact score in country by field, but below 1.20

What are the changes, what do they imply?

The problem with the publication and citation data for the identified Belgian institutions centered on the partition of publications for the Dutch speaking 'Katholieke Universiteit Leuven' (KUL), based in Leuven, and the French speaking 'Université Catholique de Louvain' (UCL), based in Louvain-la-neuve. In the printed version, a total of 15.420 publications were attributed to the KUL, and only 3.914 to the UCL. The respective publications produced respective citation counts and impact factors. As this did not refllect the reality as perceived by some Belgian higher education actors, a data check was made by CWTS and the fault detected.

As a result of the revision, in particular the decreasing numbers in the fields of biomedical sciences, clinical medicine and earth & environmental sciences, KUL has lost the position as most actively publishing institution in these fields to the Free University Brussels*. It has equally lost its position in terms of highest number of citations in earth & environmental sciences and chemistry to Free University Brussels* and UCL. In terms of the indicators impact and 25% output in one field across the 11 broad fields, changes occur in the fields mentioned above and involve KUL, UCL, and the University Liège.

On the university level, KUL has 'lost' in terms of number of publications but gained in impact. The reverse is true for the UCL.
* Note that the Free University of Brussels here contains of two seperate universities: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The Dutch and the French speaking universities are on the same premises and unfortunately are aggregated under their English name by the database owner Thompson-ISI .

For the list of all EU Member States' Top 10 or Top 20 performing institutions, please see the electronic version , page 308ff.



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