Trends in research output

The number of academic publications by researchers at Dutch universities increased by 33 per cent since 2000. In the last years a total of about 70,000 academic publications (excluding dissertations) were issued every year.1
Dutch researchers are extremely productive, producing 3% of the world's total publications. This comes down to approximately two publications for every 1000 members of the population, putting the Netherlands in fifth place worldwide (after Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway). Per 1000 researchers, the Netherlands comes in second after Switzerland. Both countries have a fairly small number of researchers who produce a relatively large quantity of research – almost double that of reference countries (such as Denmark and Germany).2
The number of international co-publications increased by 80 per cent between 2003 and 2011, demonstrating the role of international collaboration in research.3
Research by Dutch universities can be counted among the world's best. This fact is confirmed by the 2011 Innovation Union Scoreboard 4, in which the Netherlands scored higher than all other European countries in terms of an open, outstanding and attractive research system.
1 VSNU, University Research Indicators (KUOZ), 2015
2, 2012
3, 2012
4 European Commission, Innovation Union Scoreboard, 2012
The 2010 report on Scientific, Technological and Innovation Indicators (WTI) made the following observation regarding publication output: “growth in Dutch first-author publications is lagging behind growth in total publication output in almost all areas. Although of course this trend is related to the rise in international co-publications (involving increased collaboration between the Dutch and their fellow international researchers), the relative decline may also suggest that the Netherlands is gradually losing ground as an academic leader, especially where the leading position of the Netherlands in international partnerships is concerned.”
The research output of Dutch universities encompasses more than just academic publications. Although of course Dutch researchers publish in academic journals, they also contribute to professional journals, a wide variety of magazines and appear in the media.
Reliable data is not available on all types of research output, however, and it is for this reason that only academic publications are shown, as well as a special type of academic publication, i.e. dissertations (PhD theses).
The number of academic publications rose by 20,000 since 2000.
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Dissertations constitute a separate category of academic publications, and are also used to measure the number of doctorate conferrals at Dutch universities. The number of dissertations accepted since 2000 doubled. What is striking is that the number of dissertations differs significantly from the number of doctorate conferrals. This is due to the fact that over 50% of people pursuing a doctorate are not employed by Dutch universities (as PhD students), but are nevertheless supervised by professors and senior university lecturers during their PhD.
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Last updated on 19-11-2018