The scientometric evaluation of the institutional research: The Marmara Universities-Part 2 333-348 O. Konur

Energy Education Science and Technology Part B: Social and Educational Studies

2013 Volume (issue) 5(2): 333-348






The scientometric evaluation

of the institutional research:

The Marmara Universities-Part 2



Ozcan Konur*


Sirnak University, Faculty of Engineering, TR-73000, Sirnak, Turkey




Received: 23 December 2012; accepted: 28 February 2013



     The scientometric analysis of the research has become one of the most used methods to assess the research performance of the scholars, departments, faculties, universities, countries, and journals in recent years. However, there has not been an extensive scientometric evaluation of the institutional research carried out by the universities in the Marmara Region of Turkey, the most developed region of Turkey, to examine the development of the research over time. Hence, the purpose of this study was to carry out a scientometric evaluation of the research performed by these universities using three indices in a series of four papers. In the second part of these serial papers, it was found that there were 58 universities founded between 1933 and 2012. There were 13,953 senior members of the academic staff in these universities, comprising 31% of the national academic force. There were 15 universities established in 2000s and 2010s each 8.3% and 0.3% of the regional academic force, respectively and 13 universities had no academic staff as of November 2010. 25 of these newly founded universities were established as foundation universities and 24 of them were established in Istanbul. There were five medical faculties among these biggest ten faculties of the regional universities headed by Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine and Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine whilst there were 56 different faculties or 4-year colleges. There was a heavy dominance of the academic staff in the medical sciences, engineering sciences, and natural sciences among ten largest faculty groups of the regional universities. It was found that 56% of the academic staff was from the faculties and departments related to SCIE and 24% and 19% of them were from the faculties and departments related to SSCI and A&HCI, respectively. The female representation rate in Marmara higher education institutions was above the national representation rate of 33% by a difference of 5%. Whilst 17 universities were gender-positive with the female representation rate larger than 38%, 24 universities had gender deficit with the female representation rate smaller than 38% and 4 universities were gender-neutral with 38% female representation rate. Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University was the best gender positive university with 58% female representation (FR) rate among its academic staff. It was followed by Bogazici University and Istanbul Arel University (48% FR each). The results found in the second part of these serial papers suggest that there was a close structure-research performance relationships for these universities hinting the strong effect of the formal and informal rules adapted by these universities on their respective research productivity following North’s new institutional theoretical framework.

Keywords: Marmara Universities, Turkey, SSCI, SCIE, A&HCI, incentive structures; research evaluation gender deficit; research productivity; scientometrics; Web of