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A bibliometric tale of two cities: Hong Kong and Singapore

Gangan Prathap ()
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Gangan Prathap: A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University

Scientometrics, 2018, vol. 117, issue 3, 2169-2175

Abstract: Abstract A research evaluation of the leading research universities globally using the curated bibliometric data from Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 shows Hong Kong at the top position. A X/GDP productivity criteria is used where each country’s scientific wealth is represented by X, a second-order bibliometric indicator, and its nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is taken as a measure of its economic wealth. Singapore appears at the fifth position. This brief communication looks at the anatomy of this exceptional performance of the two city states, which are similar in many ways and yet dissimilar in many other ways. Hong Kong has the slight edge over Singapore in translating economic wealth to scientific wealth.

Keywords: Bibliometrics; National comparison; Shanghai Rankings; Hong Kong; Singapore; Second-order indicators; Gross Domestic Product (GDP); 91F99 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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