Data

Annual articles published in scientific and technical journals per million people

What you should know about this indicator

  • Scientific and technical journal articles per million people are calculated by Our World in Data based on article data from the World Bank's World Development Indicators, and population estimates from the United Nations World Population Prospects.
  • Patents are assigned based on the residence country of the first-named applicant.

Scientific and technical journal articles refer to the number of scientific and engineering articles published in the following fields: physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, clinical medicine, biomedical research, engineering and technology, and earth and space sciences. The number of scientific and engineering articles published in the following fields: physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, clinical medicine, biomedical research, engineering and technology, and earth and space sciences. The NSF considers article counts from a set of journals covered by Science Citation Index (SCI) and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).

Annual articles published in scientific and technical journals per million people
Scientific and technical journal articles per million people. Disciplines include physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, clinical medicine, biomedical research, engineering and technology, and earth and space sciences.
Source
World Bank (2023); United Nations (2022) – with minor processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
May 20, 2024
Next expected update
May 2025
Date range
2000–2018
Unit
articles per million people

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The World Development Indicators (WDI) is the primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

Retrieved on
May 11, 2023
Citation
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World Development Indicators, The World Bank

World Population Prospects are the official estimates and projections of the global population that have been published by the United Nations since 1951. The estimates are based on all available sources of data on population size and levels of fertility, mortality and international migration for 237 countries or areas. More details at https://population.un.org/wpp/Publications/.

Retrieved on
September 9, 2022
Citation
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United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, Online Edition.

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World Bank (2023); United Nations (2022) – with minor processing by Our World in Data

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World Bank (2023); United Nations (2022) – with minor processing by Our World in Data. “Annual articles published in scientific and technical journals per million people” [dataset]. World Bank, “World Development Indicators”; United Nations, “World Population Prospects” [original data]. Retrieved June 21, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/scientific-publications-per-million