China has now surpassed the United States in the number of most-cited papers according to an annual study of the most-cited science research papers by Japan’s National Institute of Science and Technology Policy.

This is the 14th major report in the last year documenting the decline of U.S. science research papers, STEM doctorates, international patents and other indicators of former American science supremacy. And now we have lost first place in highly cited research.

John Richard Schrock is editor of the Kansas School Naturalist.