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Iran could rank fourth in the world in terms of research output in 2018: SCImago
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep3(49).jpgTEHRAN – Iran could rank fourth in the world in terms of scientific publications and research articles in 2018, according to a forecasting exercise recently carried out by the SCImago Journal & Country Rank on how the world will perform in research by 2018 based on past performance. 
 
The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.).  
 
According to the exercise, three Islamic countries would show dramatic increases in numbers and rankings: Iran, Malaysia, and Pakistan, University World News reported. 
 
The SCImago analyzes scientific outputs of institutions and countries and monitors more than 30,000 journals. 
 
In the exercise, seven countries from the Islamic world were included among the top 50 countries: Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. 
 
In the predictions, Iran moves ahead from number 19 to number four, Malaysia from 30 to 13, and Pakistan from 43 to 27 – the second highest increase worldwide, primarily due to innovative higher education policies and reforms being undertaken by the Higher Education Commission.
 
And according to a recent report, Nano Statistics, as a result of higher education and research development, Iran has jumped up two places to sit at nine in the recent ranking, University World News reported. 
 
The report was based on the number of scientific publications associated with nanotechnology during the first half of 2012 – constituting 8.3% of the entire scientific literature generated during the period.
 
According to the 2012 academic ranking of world universities, or ARWU, from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, seven universities from Islamic states were included in the top 500 universities: University of Malay (Malaysia), Istanbul University (Turkey), Cairo University (Egypt), Tehran University (Iran), and three universities in Saudi Arabia: King Saud University, King Abdulaziz University, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. 
 
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Last Updated on 22 September 2012 18:21