Pakistan’s research influence on the rise, finds report from Clarivate

Global influence of Pakistan’s research is on the rise. The “Pakistan research and innovation landscape” report indicates a 300% growth in number of publications indexed on Web of Science Core Collection in the past decade. 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.

Over the past decade, Pakistan’s research community has substantially increased its scientific research productivity and impact, gaining recognition among international peers. A new report from the Web of Science Group highlights three indicators of Pakistan’s growing influence:

  • In 2019, Pakistan produced 300% more publications indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection than in 2010.
  • In the last 10 years, more than half of Pakistan’s research was published in journals with Impact Factor. The global influence of Pakistan’s research is increasing as scientists in the country are publishing more in top quartile journals.
  • The Category Normalized Citation Impact of Pakistan’s publications (which measures publications’ impact against their peers worldwide) has risen from 0.67 to 1.03.

These trends demonstrate the potential of Pakistan’s research and development (R&D).

Pakistan has also maintained a significant share of global research in the field of Agricultural Sciences, contributing to 1.19% of world research output. This reflects the substantial contribution made by the agriculture sector to Pakistan’s GDP, which currently stands at 18.5%, according to an economic survey conducted by Pakistan’s Ministry of Finance.

Despite the level of interest from researchers in this segment, the impact of Agricultural Sciences research published in Pakistan remains below the world average, indicating that a slight enhancement of the research impact in this area could have a positive impact on the country’s related research activities. Comparatively, Pakistan represents 0.79% of world research output in the field of Physics, which results in an impact that is 50% higher than the world average.

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