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Scientific and Technical Journal Articles, 2018
Telcos & Hi-Tech | December 30, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 175 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in scientific and technical journal articles with 528,263 followed by USA and India. On the other end of the scale was Equatorial Guinea with 2.60, Comoros with 3.28 and Turkmenistan with 3.69.

Total scientific and technical journal articles reached 2,554,373 in 2018 in the World according to World Bank. This is 3.65 % less than in the previous year and 32.6 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total scientific and technical journal articles reached an all time high of 2,554,373 in 2018 and an all time low of 331,233 in 1981. The average annual growth amounted to 6.08 % since 1981.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 21.4 % of scientific and technical journal articles in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 44.1 % share while the ten largest countries some 67.9 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Scientific and Technical Journal Articles indicator page.

Scientific and Technical Journal Articles Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Australia 46,512 50,340 52,666 52,945 53,782
Brazil 48,282 50,498 52,632 53,065 55,181
Canada 59,608 59,902 60,775 60,533 60,045
China 329,015 359,274 390,396 407,975 438,349
France 72,629 73,632 73,299 71,926 71,028
Germany 105,433 105,731 108,474 106,453 108,296
India 80,493 86,348 96,426 101,813 112,167
Iran 32,103 33,171 36,463 37,230 42,856
Italy 64,352 67,592 69,720 70,519 70,534
Japan 109,644 108,996 105,856 101,307 101,297
Russia 36,000 38,412 44,366 52,176 62,662
South Korea 56,268 57,863 60,705 62,646 62,735
Spain 54,628 54,910 56,560 55,147 55,514
USA 427,997 429,570 433,192 429,989 427,265
United Kingdom 98,145 99,228 99,385 99,616 99,366