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Mendeley Global Research Report

Launched in 2009, Mendeley's research collaboration platform now connects the scholarly workflows of two million researchers in the sciences and humanities worldwide. To celebrate, we are releasing the Global Research Report: The first-ever analysis of scholarly reading and studying activity in relation to economic indicators and research productivity.

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Global Research Activity

142.8 Papers

Average number of research papers collected per researcher

1:12 Hours

Average daily time spent studying the literature per researcher

Who Reads the Most
Research Papers?

Countries and world regions ranked by the average number of research papers in each user's Mendeley Library.

1. Argentina 276.6
2. France 232.6
3. Germany 222.9
4. Japan 216.7
5. Spain 216.4
6. Switzerland 207.7
7. Chile 187.8
8. Italy 184.3
9. Netherlands 183.4
10. Belgium 182.9
11. Brazil 179.8
12. Czech Republic 178.9
13. Austria 178.3
14. Canada 174.8
15. Uruguay 171.3
16. United States 171.1
17. United Kingdom 169.0
18. Denmark 166.6
19. China 160.0
20. Portugal 155.9

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Top 40 Research Institutions

By average number of research papers in each user's Mendeley Library.

1.University of Lausanne383.1
2.United States Geological Survey380.4
3.Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle379.1
4.Max Planck Society357.4
5.Université Pierre et Marie Curie327.0
6.Université Paris-Sud321.2
7.University of Lisbon317.5
8.INRA France313.5
9.University of Tokyo311.8
10.Université de Strasbourg308.9
11.INSERM France308.0
12.Institut Curie303.5
13.University of Cambridge291.6
14.University of Edinburgh290.6
15.CIRAD France287.5
16.École Normale Supérieure279.4
17.Coimbra University277.0
18.CNRS France275.7
19.Technical University of Berlin269.1
20.University of Bonn266.8
21.University College London264.8
22.Medical University of Vienna261.8
23.University of Oxford261.6
24.University of Kyoto257.8
25.Technical University of Denmark257.0
26.UC San Francisco256.8
27.Jagiellonian University255.6
28.ETH Zürich254.7
29.Harvard University252.9
30.Johns Hopkins University252.2
31.Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona248.8
32.Université de Caen Basse-Normandie246.7
33.UC Santa Barbara245.7
34.Université Claude Bernard Lyon I245.3
35.University of Mainz245.2
36.Katholieke Universiteit Leuven244.5
37.University of Colorado243.5
38.McGill University243.0
39.UC Berkeley241.2
40.University of Copenhagen240.4

Who Spends the Most
Time Studying?

Countries and world regions ranked by average daily time spent studying and organizing research papers in Mendeley Desktop per researcher (in September 2012).

1. Netherlands 1:25h
2. South Africa 1:24h
3. United Kingdom 1:22h
4. China 1:22h
5. Israel 1:22h
6. Germany 1:21h
7. Belgium 1:21h
8. France 1:21h
9. Ethiopia 1:21h
10. Estonia 1:20h
11. Tunisia 1:20h
12. Denmark 1:20h
13. Tanzania 1:19h
14. Australia 1:18h
15. Austria 1:18h
16. Philippines 1:17h
17. Finland 1:17h
18. Jordan 1:17h
19. Switzerland 1:17h
20. Sri Lanka 1:17h

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Top 40 Research Institutions

By average daily time spent studying and organizing research papers in Mendeley Desktop (September 2012)

1.Durham University1:47h
2.ENS Lyon1:44h
3.University of Manchester1:39h
4.University of Sussex1:39h
5.Free University of Berlin1:39h
6.University of York1:38h
7.University of Glasgow 1:37h
8.Tel Aviv University1:37h
9.University of East Anglia1:35h
10.University of Exeter1:34h
11.University of Liverpool1:34h
12.Jagiellonian University1:34h
13.University of Leicester1:34h
14.Universitat de Barcelona1:33h
15.Queens University1:33h
16.University of Strathclyde1:32h
17.University of Twente1:32h
18.University of Muenster1:31h
19.University of St. Gallen1:31h
20.University of Namur1:30h
21.Helsinki University1:30h
22.University of Lausanne1:30h
23.University of Cambridge1:29h
24.University of Tasmania1:29h
25.Imperial College London1:28h
26.Aarhus University1:28h
27.Technical University of Braunschweig1:28h
28.Université Paris-Sud1:28h
29.University of Bristol1:28h
30.University College London1:27h
31.Tsukuba University1:27h
32.University of Warwick1:27h
33.RWTH Aachen1:27h
34.University of Leeds1:27h
35.Université Libre de Bruxelles1:26h
36.University of Kent1:26h
37.INSERM France1:26h
38.Ghent University1:26h
39.University of Melbourne1:26h
40.University of St. Andrews1:26h

Why Open Access Publishing
Makes a Difference

Researchers in lower-income countries are less able to afford access to research papers, which limits the time they spend studying.
Less time studying is linked to lower research output and fewer Nobel Prizes.

GDP per capitaa)
vs.
Number of research papers collected by each researcher

 

R&D expenditure per capitab)
vs.
Number of research papers collected by each researcher

R&D expenditure per capitab)
vs.
Daily time spent reading and organizing research papers by each researcher

Number of research papers collected
vs.
Daily time spent reading and organizing research papers by each researcher

Daily time spent reading and organizing research papers by each researcher
vs.
Citable publications per 1,000 inhabitantsc)

Daily time spent reading and organizing research papers by each researcher
vs.
Nobel Laureates per 10 million inhabitantsd)

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Sources:
a) Wikipedia, IMF World Economic Outlook 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP); Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki List_of_countries_by_population;
b) UNESCO, http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?d=UNESCO&f=series%3aST_SCGERDPPP; c) SciMago, http://www.scimagojr.com/countryrank.php; d) Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Nobel_laureates_per_capita