(Persia Digest)  - New Scientist has announced that over a 30-year period from 1980 to 2010, Iran’s scientific output growth has been eleven times higher than the global average.

The growing number of influential articles with a better h index quality (The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. Source: Wikipedia) have been accompanied with a good citation index.

According to ISC statistics for 2017, Iran’s global ranking for influential articles is 33. It ranks second in Islamic countries.


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Increasing numbers of universities, faculty members, students, scientific publications, student admittance in higher education, promotion of faculty members, and grants are some of the more important criteria set in Iran for improved scientific output.

Over the past two decades, Iran’s rank for scientific publications has gradually improved. According to Scimago, Iran has gone from being 51st in the world in 1997 to rank 16th in 2017.


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According to ISC, the number of Iranian publications’ global rankings over the past decade is as follows: Engineering 12, materials science 11, chemistry 12, and mathematics 14. It ranks first in the Islamic world for chemistry, engineering, materials science, physics, mathematics, pharmaceuticals and toxicology, computer science, geology, microbiology and space science.

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