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November 17th, 2005

Keeping the nanotech score

Richard Jones: A claim from Lux research (reported in Small Times here) that China is now second only to the USA in its output of academic nanoscience papers is being met with some scepticism over on Nanodot. While there is clearly a real and important story about the huge recent growth in nanoscience capability in China, Iím also a bit sceptical about the central claim of this story, about Chinaís publication share. Of course, I donít know about the detailed methodology in the publications study the Lux report cites. But I do know how a study which reached a very similar conclusion, commissioned for the UKís science funding agency EPSRC, was done. Essentially, a database search was done for papers with ďnanoĒ or some compound thereof in the title.

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