Iran’s Deputy Minister of Health and Medical Education Mostafa Qanei says the country has ranked first in scientific progress in the world in 2011.
“According to the statistics published in Nature, Iran ranks 40th in science production and first in scientific growth in the world in 2011,” Qanei said on Saturday.
He went on to say that the Islamic Republic has witnessed a 20% growth in science production in the current year.
“Iran is ranked second after Turkey (in the region) in terms of science production, with a difference of 2000 articles,” Qanei added.
In 2000, the Islamic Republic gained the 53rd place in the world in terms of highly cited medical articles. With a steady growth, Iran took the 23rd place in 2011.
According to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Iranian researchers and scientists have published a total of 60,979 scientific articles in major international journals from 1999 to 2008.
During the first half of 2011 only, Iran produced 12,000 articles in science and research.
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