Evaluation of Governments’ Scientific Output: A Bibliometric Profile of Canada

Over the last 15 years, heavy budgetary restrictions imposed on government departments have, according to some authors, compromised the scientific production of public R&D laboratories. This article uses bibliometric data to look at the scientific production of the Canadian Federal intramural R&D. The data show beyond any doubt the major importance of the Federal Government’s contribution to the advancement of Canadian science — over a third of Canadian publications in several disciplinary specialities. Moreover, in the disciplines in which they have distinguished themselves the most, federal researchers have, in terms of the quality of their publications, no cause to be envious of Canadian researchers in general. However, this article reveals that the share of Canadian scientific publications coming from public laboratories has decreased over the last 15 years.

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