In this section, you can find facts and figures, that describe the best of Estonian research fields.
  • Estonian research belongs to the upper 50% in the world in all 22 fields of research specified in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database.
  • Estonian researchers have successfully participated in Horizon 2020 projects, bringing nearly twice as much money home per researcher as the Member States on average. With regard to this indicator, Estonia ranks fourth in the European Union. (Source: Ministry of Education and Research (eCorda database, date of the extract 31 May 2016)
  • For the publications published in 2015 by Estonian authors, 10.30% reached the 10% of the world`s most cited publications. This result guarantees Estonia a place among the top twenty in the world (see Figure 1).
  • In 2003-2012, 12,8% of Estonian scientific publications were printed in the top ten of the most cited scientific journals, whereas, in 5,4% of the cases, the primary author was an Estonian research institute, and in 7,4% of the cases, an Estonian working at an institution abroad. (Source: An overview of OECD’s scientific, technological, and industrial reports 2014–2015,, p 5 [16.3.2017].
  • Estonian research has become more international. For example, from 2005 to 2014, the number of foreign researchers in institutional non-profit sectors has grown by almost seven times (from 62 to 426). (See Figure 2) (Source: Statistics Estonia [16.3.2017])
Figure 1. Number of documents and percentage among the world’s 10% most cited publications, fractional counts. Source: OECD calculations based on Scopus Custom Data, Elsevier, Version 4.2017; and 2015 Scimago Journal Rank from the Scopus journal title list (accessed June 2017), July 2017.
Figure 2. Number of foreign researchers in institutional non-profit sectors over the years.