Research Contributions of Top-Ranking Universities of Pakistan in SCOPUS Database: A Bibliometric Analysis

Authors

  • Dr. Muhammad Ismail Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Peshawar
  • Abid Hussain Library Officer, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad
  • Syed Ihtisham Ul Haq Intern, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad

Keywords:

Research productivities, Ranking of Pakistani Universities, Bibliometric, Research trends, Scientific Literature, SCOPUS database

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore and investigate the research productivity of top-ranking universities of Pakistan in the SCOPUS Database through the bibliometric lens. The present research used a quantitative method for data collection using bibliometric patterns. For identification of ranking, The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) was consulted. The scientific research productivity of these universities was taken from the SCOPUS Database. Some other strategies such as bibliographic publication records, official websites, and Google Scholar profiles of faculty members were also consulted. Advanced searching techniques were used to avoid ambiguity and vagueness in the present record. A total of 118560 research papers were produced by faculty members of the five universities under study since their establishment. Among them, Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad remained on top with 37718 publications. COMSAT University Islamabad ranked second with 22376 records. Agha Khan University Karachi ranked third with   9752 records, followed by the University of Punjab ranked fourth with 26207 publications. University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has contributed a total of 22407 publications. The findings of this study will be of immense help to the research faculties, stakeholders, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), and research scholars working in academia to know what research has been done in various fields. The study will set directions for the researchers of Pakistan to explore what fields they need to select for further research and inquiry. To maintain the quality and advancement in scientific research, this study is helpful for the scholarly world to maximize research productivity in various fields. The study provides a holistic sketch of the literature produced by top-ranking universities in Pakistan. Other Universities based in Pakistan will get insights to advance their research activities to the next level.

Author Biographies

Dr. Muhammad Ismail, Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Peshawar

Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Peshawar

Abid Hussain, Library Officer, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad

Library Officer, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad

Syed Ihtisham Ul Haq, Intern, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad

Intern, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad

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Published

2024-02-26