The scientometric evaluation of the institutional research: The Inner Anatolian Universities-Part 3 251-266 O. Konur

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

2013 Volume (issue) 5(2): 251-266






The scientometric evaluation

of the institutional research:

The Inner Anatolian Universities-Part 3



Ozcan Konur*


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




Received: 01 December 2012; accepted: 05 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 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 third part of these serial papers, it was found that the placement of incorrect names for the university name in the affiliation section of the abstract pages of the papers was a serious problem especially for the institutions with more than two words in their names resulting in the lack of visibility in the institutional rankings. The preferred name format for the name of the institutions was “x univ” rather than “univ x”.  There were 79,150 articles and reviews published by these universities and 91.6% of these papers were indexed by the SCIE as they were related to Natural and Applied Sciences. Only 7.2% and 1.2% of these papers were indexed by SSCI and A&HCI, respectively as they were concerned with Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities. There was a strong Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities deficit in the research output of Inner Anatolian Universities. These results were in line with the results relating to the research productivity of Turkish Universities at a national scale. “Turker L” was the most prolific author and the most prolific authors were from Baskent University (2), Erciyes University (2), Hacettepe University (2), Orta Dogu Technical University (2), Bilkent University (1), and Anadolu University (1). The most prolific authors were from the natural sciences departments (Physics-3, Chemistry-4) and from the Health Sciences departments (Surgery-1, Obstetrics-1, Pharmacy-1). It is thus notable that there were not any most prolific authors from Social Sciences as well as Humanities and Arts.  It was found that the top most prolific institution in terms of the number of publications was Hacettepe University and the SSCI and A&HCI-related subject dominance was pronounced for the Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent University. Overall, in terms of the research productivity, the top university was Hacettepe University with a five-year H-index of 44, closely followed by the Orta Dogu Technical University and Ankara University with H-index of 43 each.  The results found in the third part 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; scientometrics; Social Sciences, Humanities, Web of Knowledge