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Science-Metrix, the science and technology measurement and evaluation firm that created R&D Reports(TM), today announced the launch of the Nanotechnology World R&D Report 2008. This off-the-shelf report, based on Scopus(R) and USPTO data, enables its users to rapidly determine where and by whom cutting-edge R&D on the nanoscale is being conducted.

Science-Metrix launches the Nanotechnology World R&D Report 2008

MONTREAL, CANADA | Posted on April 10th, 2008

The Nanotechnology World R&D Report shows that US and Japanese companies and universities have traditionally led developments in this field. For instance, California is by far the biggest hotspot, particularly in nanoelectronics, but the report also illustrates the tightly knit collaboration networks within Japan. With some exceptions, Europe is failing to catch up with the US and Japan in nanoscale R&D, while China and Taiwan, Korea, India, and Singapore are rapidly becoming scientific and technological powers to contend with.

In the report, analysts can thus rapidly see how well 25 countries, 130 companies and 125 universities from around the world score based on scientific and technological output, research intensity and impact in nanoscale R&D. This new benchmarking tool examines the intellectual property position in the US and the scientific output, as indexed in Elsevier's Scopus database, to highlight strengths and collaboration patterns in eight key domains of nanotechnology and nanoscience research.

"It is high time that senior decision makers in companies, universities and government gain access to information that clearly spells out where excellence in research and development can be found", says Eric Archambault, Ph.D., President, Science-Metrix. He adds that "traditionally, decision makers had to commission reports that were expensive and took a long time to produce." The solution is a new off-the-shelf tool that offers the cost benefits of syndicated research with the peace of mind afforded by statistics independently produced by a firm with established scientific and technical expertise.

R&D Reports are typically purchased by analysts, consultants, managers, directors, and VPs in business development, finance, discovery research, clinical development, strategic planning, science and technology policy, portfolio management, new product planning, program evaluation, and marketing. The first report in this series focuses on domains within nanoscale R&D that have a high level activity in both science and technology: electronics and computing, metrology, energy, optics and photonics, environment, NEMS, materials, and medicine and biology. These domains are examined on four levels: the world, countries, companies and universities.

"We are very pleased that once again Scopus has been able to support the production of comprehensive, reliable and insightful reports that can be of great use to governments, academics and industry" says Niels Weertman, Director of Scopus.

R&D Reports is a division of Science-Metrix that produces off-the-shelf reports on R&D performed in research-intensive fields. Using bibliometric methods, the data and analyses in each report are independently-produced, robust, objective and reproducible. Based on scientometrics, R&D Reports locates and ranks the world's research hotspots through careful examination of scientific publications and, based on technometrics, compares the IP portfolio of leading countries, organizations and researchers, and reveals the interrelationships between these leading organizations. For more information, please visit


About Science-Metrix
In six years, Science-Metrix has completed about two hundred projects commissioned by science-based government departments and agencies, technology transfer and liaison centers, universities, and private companies. Science-Metrix provides custom-made analyses and measures R&D using scientometric and technometric statistics on research output. The company also conducts S&T performance audits, program evaluations, and develops performance and evaluation frameworks and indicators. For more information, please visit

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus contains abstracts and references from 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus integrates web and patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. For more information, please visit

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products. Elsevier ( is headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (, a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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