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Svalbard research not cited enough

Research village Ny-Ålesund. FOTO: Eirik Palm

Svalbard research not cited enough

Svalbard research is cited less than the global average for polar research

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Norway is maintaining its position as the world's fifth-largest polar nation and third largest in the Arctic, in terms of publishing volume, but is cited less than the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia and Denmark.

"Although we are above the world average, we located behind the other large polar nations," said Camilla Schreiner, department director for The Research Council of Norway, in a statement at the organization's website. "We must look at what is causing this and what we can do to raise the citations."

One-third of Norway's polar research is linked to Svalbard, a total of 303 full-time equivalent jobs. Norway is the also largest nation in terms of the scientific publication of "Svalbard articles."

But Svalbard research is cited less than the global average for polar research. This was the case in from 2005 to 2009, and also applies to publications from 2010 to 2013. In the latter group, Svalbard articles were cited about 20 percent less than the global average.

"Svalbard is important for Norway, as is having research in and about Svalbard," Schreiner said.

"But now we have to ask questions about how we can achieve more groundbreaking research in Svalbard."

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