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Norwegian polar research analysed

The report was published in Janyary 2016 and can be read in Norwegian (see link at the right).

“We are pleased to confirm that Norway is upholding its position as one of the major contributors of polar research,” says Camilla Schreiner, Director of the Research Council of Norway’s Department for Climate and Polar Research.

Strong international cooperation Norway has upheld its ranking as the world’s fifth-largest polar research nation in terms of publication volume. (Illustration: NIFU)
Norwegian polar researchers have extensive publication collaboration with researchers from other countries. In the period 2012‒2014, three out of four “Norwegian” scientific papers on polar research included a co-author from another country, with US and UK colleagues as our main research collaborators. The overall amount of international collaboration as measured by co-authorship has increased for all countries.

“International research cooperation is essential for the impact of the research carried out,” continues Ms Schreiner, “and our researchers have done well in this regard.”

Citation challenges
The Norwegian polar research papers from the period 2010‒2013 are cited more frequently than the world average for polar research in general. Nonetheless, Norway ranks below other major polar research nations like the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Australia and Denmark.

“We need to better understand how we can improve the impact of our polar research,” adds Dr. Schreiner.

Svalbard a key focus
In terms of the invested work force in polar research, one-third of the Norwegian polar research activities is related to Svalbard, accounting for 303 person-years.

In terms of scientific publications related to Svalbard, Norway is the largest research nation by far. However, Svalbard-related research is in general less frequently cited than the world average for polar research. In the period 2010‒2013, Svalbard-related articles were cited roughly 20 per cent less than the world average.

“Now we need to ask ourselves how we can deliver more ground-breaking research on Svalbard,” concludes Ms Schreiner.

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