The scientometric evaluation of the institutional research: The Inner Anatolian Universities-Part 4 267-282 O. Konur

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

2013 Volume (issue) 5(2): 267-282






The scientometric evaluation

of the institutional research:

The Inner Anatolian Universities-Part 4



Ozcan Konur*


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




Received: 01 December 2012; accepted: 07 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 at a global scale in recent years. However, there has not been an extensive scientometric evaluation of the institutional research carried out by the universities in the Inner Anatolian 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 final part of these serial papers, it was found that the most collaborating country was the US and the extent of the overseas collaboration was substantial whilst Cukurova University was the most prolific collaborated institution. 96.4% of these papers were written in English, followed by the low-impact Turkish papers. The research output spectacularly increased over time starting with five papers in 1966 and reaching a peak with 7,773 papers in 2011. The number of papers comprised 1.0%, 2.7%, 13.9%, 59.1%, and 23.4% of the regional research output for the periods of 1946-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2009, and 2010-2012, respectively. It was hypothesized that the key driver for the research output growth was the huge higher education spending in the first place. Indeed, the numbers of the academic force increased in recent years from 5,861 in 1995 to 12,126 in 2010 with 107% increase with differential increase rate for the state and foundation universities.  “Physical Review B” was the most publishing journal, followed by “Journal of Hazardous Materials”. The subject category with the highest degree of citation impact was Chemistry, followed by Engineering. The research productivity of the Medical Faculties was behind the Faculties of Engineering and Natural Sciences. The Natural and Applied Sciences dominated both the most prolific journals and most prolific subject categories lists in contrast to Social Sciences and Humanities & Arts. A paper on ATM gene in ataxia telangiectasia was the most cited paper with 1,696 citations and the most cited paper list was dominated by the Natural and Applied Sciences and the top universities. A paper on the genetic diagnosis of congenital chloride diarrhea was the hottest paper with 212 citations and the Natural and Applied Sciences and the top universities dominated the hottest papers list too. The results of the final part in the 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: Inner Anatolian Universities, Turkey, SSCI, SCIE, A&HCI, incentive structures; research evaluation; research productivity; higher education spending; scientometrics; Web of Knowledge