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China and South Korea lead BRICKs in scientific output and patent activity
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- China and South Korea outpace the rest of the BRICK nations in key innovation metrics, according to new research published today by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. The report, "Building Bricks: Exploring the Global Research Impact of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Korea," tracks global research publications, R&D spend and patent filings over a 10-year period to gauge benchmarks of economic innovation in the BRICK countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Korea.
The Thomson Reuters study finds that China and South Korea have made larger investments, produced more published research and filed a greater number of patent applications over the past decade than the rest of the group. The strong culture of intellectual property protection and broad-based economic growth in these nations has resulted in more literature citations, on par with some European Union countries. The research also unveiled that each BRICK nation has its own, unique profile. For example, while South Korea is prominent in materials and computer science, Brazil's focus is on agriculture, plant and animal sciences.
Following are some key observations in the report:
"With this report, we showcase quantitative benchmarks for measuring research output with a focus on BRICK nations," said Jonathan Adams, director, Research Evaluation for the Scientific & Scholarly Research business of Thomson Reuters and one of the authors of the report. "By examining R&D expenditures, human capital and the resulting research output and impact, we are able to evaluate and share critical science statistics and trend data, to better understand emerging regions and how they compare globally."
Access the full report, "Building Bricks: Exploring the Global Research Impact of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Korea."
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