25 Years After the Fall: Indicators of Post-communist Science
In 1985 COMECON countries published more than 64 thousand documents indexed in the US-produced Web of Science (WoS) database, of which only a handful were co-authored with American scientists. USSR alone accounted for almost 40 thousand publications, or 4.4% of the total world output, not taking into consideration the numerous quality Soviet journals missing from the Web of Science. By 2013 Russia’s share had dropped to only 1.6%, and all former partner communist states switched either to the EU or USA as their main collaborators. This article aims to provide a brief statistical overview of these massive changes by combining bibliometric data with some general development indicators and historical remarks.