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Scientific and Technical Journal Articles, 2016
Telcos & Hi-Tech | December 31, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 174 countries in 2016, China ranked the highest in scientific and technical journal articles with 426,165 followed by USA and India. On the other end of the scale was South Sudan with 2.50, Somalia with 3.30 and Turkmenistan with 3.50.

Total scientific and technical journal articles reached 2,296,271 in 2016 in the World according to World Bank. This is 0.451 % less than in the previous year and 31.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total scientific and technical journal articles reached an all time high of 2,306,637 in 2015 and an all time low of 331,233 in 1981. The average annual growth amounted to 6.24 % since 1981.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 18.6 % of scientific and technical journal articles in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 41.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 65.5 % in 2016.

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

Scientific and Technical Journal Articles Unit 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Australia 41,565 44,378 46,387 49,922 52,644
Brazil 41,755 44,586 49,184 51,136 53,667
Canada 56,734 57,926 60,131 60,611 61,539
China 316,915 334,045 332,082 362,973 393,963
France 70,177 72,036 74,414 75,266 75,017
Germany 97,179 100,879 105,374 105,378 109,262
India 62,790 75,337 82,182 88,942 100,575
Iran 25,209 31,419 32,195 33,761 36,311
Italy 58,806 60,842 65,276 68,768 70,781
Japan 108,292 110,570 109,425 109,258 106,155
Russia 33,961 36,157 36,253 39,715 44,995
South Korea 50,935 54,717 57,374 59,206 62,691
Spain 49,036 52,355 55,108 55,736 57,076
USA 409,853 424,938 432,312 435,212 440,230
United Kingdom 95,489 98,480 101,367 103,051 102,971