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EU scientific production fell after new states joined

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-e

Before 10 new member states joined the European Union in 2004, the EU's scientific production, adjusted for gross domestic product and population size, was about 76% of that of the United States; after their accession it fell to 66%. In a bibliometric analysis, Soteriades and Falagas (p 192) compare research productivity of the EU, the four candidate countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Turkey) and the United States in several fields of biomedical sciences. The 10 newest member states and four candidate countries need further help and resources to increase their productivity, say the authors.

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