US Falls to Third in Scientific Output

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In 2018, scientists in the EU produced about 25% of the global share of peer-reviewed science and engineering papers — more than either China (21%) or the United States (17%). The United States remains the most popular country for junior scientists, particularly those from Asia, in which to seek experience. But the pull of the United States has somewhat waned, owing partly to travel restrictions for students and scholars from several Muslim-majority countries, including Yemen. Applications for specialist visas, which most foreign scientists need to work in the United States, have fallen by 19% since 2016. Conversely, the flow of talent to Europe is on the rise.

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