Visualization tools in estimating quality of scientific output

IN a Correspondence to EMBO reports (10, 800-803; 2009), Beatrix Groneberg-Kloft, David Quarcoo and Cristian Scutaru of the Free University Berlin and Humboldt University, Berlin, describe a combination of scientometric tools and new visualizing techniques such as density equalizing mapping to show that research in the European Union has developed well so far this decade. Despite static levels of research spending as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP), the authors write that success of European science should not only be measured in terms of ‘work force’ and spending, but also in terms of its actual output—that is, publications. 


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