About 10 years ago, a mathematician said that Vietnam did not yet have social science study works. The comment seemed to be a bit harsh, but it did make sense, especially when it comes to international publications.
Ten years later, the number of articles in the field of social sciences published on international journals has increased highly.
In 2010, according to the ISI Web of Science, there were 1,134 articles in the field of natural sciences published by Vietnamese researchers, while the corresponding number in the field of social sciences was only 137 articles. Thus, for every 8.3 international articles in the field of natural sciences from Vietnam, there was only one article in the field of social sciences.