Taiwanese academic papers on educational research have been the most cited globally over the past three years, a study released yesterday showed.
A team led by Tseng Yuen-hsien (曾元顯), a research fellow and deputy head of National Taiwan Normal University’s Information Technology Center, found that Taiwan led the world in terms of the average number of times educational research papers by Taiwanese were cited by academic publications between 2010 and last year.
The team also showed that the number of papers published by Taiwanese in the field of education has been increasing since 1990.
Tseng said at a press conference yesterday that the more times that a research paper is cited, the more valuable and inspirational it is considered to be.
He said the study was conducted by analyzing publication records from scientific citation-indexing services Web of Science (WoS) and Scopus, which covered 216 and 573 journals in the field of education last year respectively.
According to the research done by Tseng’s team, which was published in the June edition of Scientometrics, a journal concerned with the quantitative features and characteristics of science and scientific research, Taiwan had 1.73 citations per paper (CPP) between 2010 and 2011, based on WoS data.
The Netherlands trailed Taiwan with a CPP of 1.55, he said.
Taiwan’s leading position was unchanged after Tseng included the WoS data for last year, which was obtained on July 25 following its publication in June, he added.
Scopus data shows that Taiwan’s CPP in 2010 was 0.97, the second-highest after Belgium.
The findings show the improving visibility and quality of Taiwan’s research in education, Tseng said.