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Scientometrics

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 205–220 | Cite as

Scientometric analysis of the major Iranian medical universities

  • Mohammad A. Abolghassemi Fakhree
  • Abolghasem Jouyban
Article

Abstract

Nowadays, scientometrics has become an important field of study to monitor the progresses in scientific performance of a research group, a department, a university etc. A number of scientometrical studies have been done about Iranian scientific outcome in recent years. But there is no comparison between major Iranian medical universities. In this study, by using Scopus as search engine, the scientific outcomes of the Iran University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, and Tehran University of Medical Sciences have been compared with each other. These universities were compared by the number of published articles per year, number of citations received per year, number of citations received per year per article, total H-indices, top ten authors, and top ten journals. The results of this study show that the order of the studied universities in research performance is as follow: Tehran > Shiraz = Shahid Beheshti > Isfahan = Iran > Tabriz = Mashhad universities of medical sciences. In addition, the data of Tehran University of Medical Sciences as the top medical university of Iran was compared with some of top medical universities around the world.

Keywords

Iran University of Medical Science Number of article Scientometric 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The partial financial support of Student Research Committee (under grant No. 87/10/29) from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences is gratefully acknowledged. We would also like to thank the reviewers of this manuscript for their helpful comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad A. Abolghassemi Fakhree
    • 1
  • Abolghasem Jouyban
    • 2
  1. 1.Students Research CommitteeTabriz University of Medical SciencesTabrizIran
  2. 2.Drug Applied Research Center and Faculty of PharmacyTabriz University of Medical SciencesTabrizIran

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