Nations ranking in scientific competition: Countries get what they paid forPierre COURTIOUX, François Metivier, Antoine Reberioux
We model the relative standing of nations in the scientific, academic competition.
We predict a power relation between scientific output and public R&D funding.
We support this prediction using bibliometric data for 42 countries over 1996–2015.
It accounts for the Chinese catch up and Western decline in scientific competition.
Rankings in publications and citations are similarly affected by funding efforts.