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G20 nations ‘drive the majority of global research’

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The G20 nations are driving global research, accounting for 92 per cent of the world’s R&D spending and publishing 70 per cent of research papers worldwide, an analysis has found.

“The world’s most prosperous economies are also among the most innovative ones,” according to the first ‘G20 scorecard’, compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group online indexing service.

The ISI study, published in advance of this year’s summit of G20 leaders starting in Osaka, Japan, on 28 June, notes the importance of academic research in boosting economic growth.

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