Comparative Analysis of Research Performance of Medical Universities Based on Qualitative and Quantitative Scientometric Indicators

  • Zoleikha Ranjbar-Pirmousa Deputy of Research and Technology, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran.
  • Narges Borji-Zemeidani Deputy of Research and Technology, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran.
  • Mirsaeed Attarchi Medical Education Research Center, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran.
  • Shadman Nemati Deputy of Research and Technology, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran. AND Medical Education Research Center, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran.
  • Farzaneh Aminpour Department of Research and Technology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Keywords: Research assessment, Science production, Information management, Scientometrics, Bibliometrics, Iran


Evaluation of the research status of the academic institution provides it with the possibility of accurate research policymaking. Scientometric indicators are important tools for evaluating scientific activities of individuals, groups, and institutions. The current research aims to analysis the research performance of medical universities in Northern Iran based on quantitative and qualitative scientometric indicators. In this cross-sectional descriptive study, the Scopus-indexed scientific documents provided by medical universities in the Northern Iran have been studied in terms of number of publications, number of citations, average number of Citations per Publication (C/P), Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI), scientific collaborations, the number of in top 10% citation percentile, and the number of publications in top 10% journal percentile according to CiteScore, Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), and SCImagoJournal Rank (SJR) indicators during a five years period. According to the findings, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences has gained the highest position in terms of the number of publications and citations, number of publications with international and national collaborations, and  academic-industrial collaborations., while Golestan University of Medical Sciences has gained a higher position in terms of scientific outputs in top 10% citation percentile and journal percentile, CiteScore, SNIP, SJR and C/P. In terms of the FWCI indicator, Golestan University of Medical Sciences has achieved the highest value. Considering academic status and research capabilities of medical universities in the Northern Iran, increasing academic-industrial collaboration, expanding academic collaboration with superior universities and institutions around the world can be effective in increasing the quality of research and upgrading academic ranks of universities at national, regional and international levels.


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How to Cite
Ranjbar-Pirmousa Z, Borji-Zemeidani N, Attarchi M, Nemati S, Aminpour F. Comparative Analysis of Research Performance of Medical Universities Based on Qualitative and Quantitative Scientometric Indicators. Acta Med Iran. 57(7):448-454.