Global Influence of Pakistan’s Research on the Rise, Finds Report from Clarivate Analytics

Pakistan Research and Innovation Landscape Report showed 300% growth in number of publications indexed on Web of Science Core Collection in past decade

London, UK and Islamabad, Pakistan – 19 February 2020: The Web of Science Group, part of Clarivate Analytics, today launched its latest Pakistan Research and Innovation Landscape Report at the first ever Pakistan Research Day 2020, showcasing excellence, challenges and opportunities in scientific and academic research in the country.

The key findings of the report were presented at the inaugural Web of Science Group event, which was co-hosted by the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and brought together over 300 members of Pakistan’s research community.  High-level delegates in attendance included Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Minister of Federal Education & Professional Training, members of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), representatives from top academic institutions, and senior researchers from universities across the country.

Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Minister of Federal Education & Professional Training, commented: “It is an honor to be a part of the first ever Pakistan Research Day, a recognition of the impact that the transition towards a knowledge-based economy can harness.  The collaboration between Web of Science Group, HEC and the network of universities and academic institutions across the country, will play a fundamental role in driving the development of scientific research and excellence in Pakistan for years to come.”

Caroline Birkle, Vice President of Research Operations, Science Group at Clarivate Analytics, said: “Over the past decade, Pakistan’s research community has substantially increased the number of publications across several disciplines, while also gaining recognition amongst its international peers.  The Web of Science Group is committed to fostering long-standing partnership with academic institutions across Pakistan. Through further collaboration, we can continue to promote quality research and reinforce Pakistan’s position on the global scientific map.”

The report showed a distinct increase in the productivity and global influence of research produced and published in the country, with a 300 percent growth in the number of publications indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection between 2010 and 2019.  In addition, the latest data marked 2019 as the first year in which the impact of these publications has been higher than the world average, highlighting a greater push towards research and development in the country.

Furthermore, Pakistan has maintained a significant share of global research produced in the field of Agricultural Sciences, contributing to 1.19 percent of world research output.  This reflects the substantial contribution made by the Agriculture sector to Pakistan’s GDP, which currently stands at 18.5 percent, according to an economic survey conducted by Pakistan’s Ministry of Finance.  Despite the level of interest by researchers in this segment, the impact of Agricultural Sciences research published in Pakistan remains below the world average, indicating that slight enhancement of the research impact in this area would have a positive impact on the country’s overall research activities in this area. Comparatively, Pakistan represents 0.79 percent of world research output in the field of Physics, which results in an impact that is 50% higher than the world average.




About the Web of Science Group

Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, organizes the world’s research information to enable academia, corporations, publishers and governments to accelerate the pace of research. It is powered by Web of Science – the world’s largest publisher-neutral citation index and research intelligence platform. Its many well-known brands also include Converis, EndNote, Kopernio, Publons, ScholarOne and the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

The ‘university’ of Web of Science Group, ISI maintains the knowledge corpus upon which the index and related information and analytical content and services are built; it disseminates that knowledge externally through events, conferences and publications and it carries out research to sustain, extend and improve the knowledge base.  For more information, please visit

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