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Research productivity and the knowledge economy
Several years ago, we reviewed the scientific publication performance of the Philippines and some of its neighboring countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Using the Science Citation Index Expanded, we looked at the number of publications coming from these countries between 1980 and 2006. See Box 1. Our findings showed that Malaysia and Thailand were already ahead of the Philippines in 1980, but the Philippines was still ahead of Indonesia and Vietnam. By mid 1990s, Indonesia had overtaken the Philippines, and by mid 2000s, Vietnam had overtaken the country as well. The data also showed that the Philippines had the lowest publication growth rate of all countries considered. BOX 1 Publication of 5 ASEAN countries between 1980 and 2006 Fast forward to 2011, a similar publication review [1] is recently published in Scientometrics. The authors examined the scientific output of the 10 members of the Association of South East Asian …