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Ireland a "rising star" for scientific research

The Nature Publishing Index 2012 has said that Ireland is one of the countries to watch for in the world of scientific research excellence.

IRELAND HAS BEEN called a ‘rising star’ in the world of science research.

Nature Magazine’s publishing index 2012, which takes a global look at the world of science publishing, gave Ireland a special mention as one of five ‘Up and Coming’ destinations for high level research. The decision was based on the quality and quantity of scientific research being carried out in the country’s research institutes.

Ireland was given the ranking of 20th in the Nature Publishing Index, which is an international ranking of research institutes based on the number of articles published in Nature’s world-renowned research journals.

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The index gives an insight into the quality and quantity of research being carried out by research organisations across the globe.

The Director General of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Professor Mark Ferguson said the announcement “demonstrates Ireland’s respected international profile among the global science community”.

He added that Agenda 2020, SFI’s strategy on the future of science funding in Ireland “has set strategic objectives, one of which is to become the best scientific funding agency in the world at creating impact from excellent research”.

The announcement today is a testament to the “cutting edge scientific research being carried out across Ireland’s research institutions”, he said.

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