Iran; world’s 15th leading scientific country
According to Scopus ranking, Iran’s scientific community has been placed in the 15th place which represents a breakthrough for the country’s scientific establishment.
Jafar Mehrad, Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC) Director, made the announcement in Shiraz on Sunday, Real Iran reported.
Scopus which officially named SciVerse Scopus is a bibliographic database containing abstracts and documents for academic journal articles. It contains approximately 20,500 titles from over 5,000 international publishers, of which 19,500 are peer-reviewed journals in the scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences.
“Iran’s highest previous standing was 17th in 2012” Mehrad said, expressing hope that Iranian scientists would continue to make progress.
Mehrad also said that Iranian scholars have contributed a 6.1% share to the world scientific output, noting that the Islamic Republic stands above many Western countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Portugal, Norway, Finland and Greece in this regard.
The Iranian government has committed to a broad plan for science including boosting R&D investment to 4 percent of GDP by 2030, compared with just 0.59 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2006.