BEIJING, May 28 /PRNewswire/ --

- China is ranked second in the world by number of scientific papers published in 2007 according to citation analysis based on data from the Scientific business

China's scientific papers and their authors were recognized today with the first 'Thomson Reuters Research Fronts Award 2008' jointly presented by the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) Research Front Analysis Center. This accolade is awarded to prominent scientific papers and their corresponding authors in recognition of their outstanding pioneering research and influential contribution to international research and development (R&D). The event was attended by over 150 of the winners' industry peers from leading research institutions, universities and libraries.

The award is significant to China's science community as it accords global recognition to their collaborative research work undertaken across all disciplines and institutions and highlights their contribution to groundbreaking research that has made China one of the world's leading countries for the influence of its scientific papers.

According to the citation analysis based on data from Scientific's ISI Web of Science, China is ranked second in the world by number of scientific papers published in 2007. ISI Web of Science(R) provides seamless access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information including the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index from nearly 10,000 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world.

The Awards event held at Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing Century Hall is part of a series of Asia Pacific Research Days hosted by the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters to recognize research excellence in countries and regions, demonstrating they are leading the world through innovation in their respective fields. Similar events have taken place most recently in Australia and previously in South Korea, Japan and India.

According to Scientific's latest World IP Today Report in Global Patent Activity 2007, China has almost doubled its volume of patents from 2003-2007 and will become a strong rival to Japan and the United States in years to come. Academia represents a key source of innovation in many countries. China has the largest proportion of academic innovation. This is strong evidence of the Chinese Government's drive to strengthen its academic institutions.

Said Keith MacGregor, Executive Vice President of Academic and Government Strategic Business Unit, Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, "We have always maintained a very strong commitment to providing the global scientific community with intelligent and accurate information, and setting the global standards for discovery and research assessment tools. Our methodology has helped China's scientists and researchers identify the fields where they are taking the global lead and making a significant contribution."

Professor Jin Bihui, Head of CAS Research Front Analysis Center and a renowned bibliometrics expert in China, commented, "The main significance of today's Research Fronts Award in recognition of Chinese research lies in the fact that it will appraise the quality and standard of papers on the international science front and the papers' academic influence. The 24 research papers recognised today will highlight the importance of research results. Presently, Chinese science is at a critical transition stage, where the emphasis is shifting from quantity expansion to quality improvement. This is the inevitable path of scientific progress that China needs to take in order to develop the capability and clout to make a greater contribution to the global science front."

Said Dr. David Liu, Senior Director and Head of China Regional Business Unit for the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, "We are pleased to partner CAS Front Analysis Center and leading 'Science Focus' publication, both of whom are well respected authorities in national science circles, to present the first China Research Day and Research Front Awards 2008 in recognition of China's important contribution to the international research community. We look forward to developing our relationships further with our partners and China's top institutions. Our congratulations to each of the winners for making a difference to the world of research today."

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