Interesting to note that while Britain’s scientific R&D spend is among the lowest for Western nations, it is still the most prolific publisher of academic papers. Japans’ R&D spending is close to 1% of GDP, while Britain’s is barely 0.5%. But for every £1m of science-based spending, Britain’s universities publish more than 18 academic papers, compared with only 4.25 by their easy-going Japanese colleagues.
Could it be that funding for research in the UK is so hard to come by that academics have no choice but to churn out papers to firm up their bids for cash?
On that score, we can assume that Japanese scientists and engineers, secure in their funding, have the luxury of being able to spend less time liaising with editors of the learned journals, and more time undertaking serious research.