Wilson CS, Osareh F "Science and research in Iran: a scientometric study" INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 28 (1): 26-37 MAR 2003

Eugene Garfield garfield at CODEX.CIS.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jun 27 16:23:21 EDT 2003

C. WILSON : c.wilson at unsw.edu.au
F. Osareh : fosareh at yahoo.com

TITLE      Science and research in Iran: a scientometric study

AUTHOR     Wilson CS, Osareh F


Document type: Article     Language: English     Cited References: 25
Times Cited: 0

Indicators of science and technology (S&T) activity often disadvantage
developing countries, due, in part, to incomplete compilation of statistics
or to the examination of indicators in isolation. Among the major indicators
of S&T activity are research and development (R&D) expenditures and their
relationship to gross domestic product, numbers of personnel involved in S&T
research, scientific publication output and rankings by scientific
discipline, and numbers of patents registered in the international patent
systems. A 'composite index of S&T capacity' developed by researchers at the
Rand Corporation is described and applied comparatively. We have compiled
data on Iranian S&T activity under the following headings: R&D expenditure,
population and educational profile, academic personnel, R&D personnel. A
scientometric analysis of Iranian S&T publications using the Science
Citation Index is presented, and possible shortcomings of this approach
discussed. All findings are reported, analysed, and discussed with reference
to the various compilations of S&T indicators and to our earlier studies on
Iranian scientific publications. In particular we analyse annual
distributions of world and Iranian S&T publications, international
collaboration of Iranian scientists, journals where Iranian scientists
publish and journals they cite, the most productive Iranian scientists and
the extent of their influence nationally and internationally, and S&T
subject areas in which Iranian scientists excel. We conclude with comments
and suggestions for the continued development of Iran's ST capacity.

KeyWords Plus:

Wilson CS, Univ New S Wales, Sch Informat Syst Technol & Management,
Kensington, NSW 2033, Australia
Univ New S Wales, Sch Informat Syst Technol & Management, Kensington, NSW
2033, Australia
Shahid Chamran Univ, Dept Lib & Informat Sci, Ahwaz, Iran


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