Tehran-Ankara scientific cooperation can be a model for Islamic nations


TEHRAN – Iran and Turkey’s willingness to expand scientific cooperation can be a model for other Islamic nations, said Hasan Mandal, chairman of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK).

Stressing the need to strengthen collaboration between knowledge-based businesses of the two countries, the Turkish official said science and technology parks can also strengthen relations, IRNA reported.

He made the remarks during a meeting in Tehran with Deputy Science Minister Vahid Haddadi-Asl, calling on industries to help universities and science centers improve the level of cooperation.

A total of 47 research projects are being carried out jointly and the two parties are ready to add another 30 projects in different fields, particularly in the water sector.

The Iranian official, for his part, said that 47 research projects are jointly carried out by the two countries, and the two sides are ready to add another 30 projects in different fields, especially in the water sector.

Science diplomacy

One of the indicators of the growth of science diplomacy is conducting joint research between two or more countries, Iran wrote more than a third of its articles in Scopus in 2020 with international participation, around 30.7% .

In 2019, articles with international participation reached 27.4%, so compared to 2019, Iranian researchers increased their international scientific contributions by 3.3%. It should be noted that in 2020, more articles were published internationally by Iranian researchers, but nevertheless, the number of international participations increased.

Scientific growth

Studies show that Iran entered the year 2022 with the world’s 15th rank in scientific output and is expected to rise in the coming years.

When reviewing scientific products, various indicators such as publication of articles in prestigious international journals, citations, validity of journals, level of productivity and scientific impact of scientists are taken into account quantitatively and qualitatively .

According to the latest information on scientific production, Iran is ranked 15th in the world in the international system of Web of Science in 2021, with an h-index of 383, which indicates the quality of Iranian articles registered.

Iran’s scientific position in the Web of Science for the past 5 years shows that the production of conference papers has been on a downward trend in 2020 and 2021 due to the epidemic.



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