Pakistan has witnessed an exceptionable 450% increase in its scientific productivity in the past decade. The number of articles cited from Pakistan was 2,000 articles per year in 2006 which jumped to 9,000 articles per year in 2015. This number (9000) is higher than the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries put together. This is how Pakistan Surpass BRICS Countries In Highly Cited Research.
This data was revealed in Thomson Reuters report, Pakistan: Another BRIC in the Wall. In this report which has been carried by Iulian Herciu Thomson Reuters compared Pakistan with the BRIC countries and the impact of its research from 2005-2015.
Findings of the report
In the last 10 years Pakistan has emerged as the country with the highest percentage of highly cited papers in comparison with the BRIC countries, although the percentage of articles in the top 10 per cent most cited has seen large fluctuations, The report stated.
Pakistan was facing substantial economic challenges during past decade but still its research and development environment’s most influential research was not affected,” report stated.
Interestingly, the report maintains that “although from productivity perspective the comparison shows a huge difference, using contextual indicators we will see that Pakistan can be benchmarked with emerging and dynamic countries as those of the BRIC group.”
The top cited research area was natural sciences. Natural sciences documents have been cited 34,538 times followed by medical and health sciences with 15,973. The lowest citations were found in humanities subject area.
While compared with 6 major fields of sciences, Pakistan has the best CNCI in engineering and technology, having focus on applied research. The data on natural sciences shows a steady increase during the period while medical and health sciences have witnessed large fluctuations.
The original report of thomson reuters from here.