It's hard to know what this means without the underlying data. The graph's implication is a decline in North American and EU science. But it's not a zero-sum game. It would not be surprising to find that, as Asians become more affluent, they are capable of doing a lot more science, increasing the total global amount of science now being done and therefore reducing the North American and EU share, even if we still do a lot of science too.This would be a good thing.
Interesting. For the EU, of course, you have the problem that its got bigger over time.The other thing you would control for, were that possible, is CV-driven-publication; I would expect more worthless/duplicate articles nowadays than there used to be.
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