Jul 16, 2014, 6:41 PM
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Iran scientific production grows

Tehran, July 16, IRNA -- In the first half of 2014, 1.62 percent of all scientific articles in the world were published by Iranians, an official said.

Vahid Ahmadi, research and technology deputy of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, added that Iran's growth rate in scientific production has increased compared to 2012 and 2013.

He noted that the country ranked 17th in terms of science production in the world, according to the statistics released by the Scopus database, and was placed 20th by the Institute for Scientific Information from 2012 to 2014.

"Iran published 0.13 percent of the world's scientific articles in 2000 and the number reached 1.38 percent in 2011," he said.

According to Ahmadi, Iranians published 1.65 percent of the highly cited papers in the world and the numbers increased to 7.93 percent in 2013.

"The Ministry of Science, Research and Technology aims to improve the quality of articles," he said.

Scopus is a bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic journal articles.

It covers nearly 21,000 titles from over 5,000 publishers, of which 20,000 are peer-reviewed journals in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences (including arts and humanities). Owned by Elsevier, it is available online by subscription.