Salman Hameed writes on his blog Irtiqa that some Muslim countries are showing an increase in scientific publications. (Hameed blogs about the interrelation of science and religion, particularly in the Muslim world.)
This week’s Nature has a nice map of top 40 countries in terms of the number of scientific publications. Turkey, Iran, Egypt and Malaysia are on the list. Iran also shows a 20% increase compared to its 2010 publication record – the largest increase amongst the top 40 countries. These numbers are just for 2011, but Iran, Turkey and Egypt have been showing a consistent increase in their science papers over the past 10 years or so.
Here’s the map:
One of the commenters on Irtiqa suggested the map would be more useful if the numbers of publications were contextualized with information about numbers of academics/researchers in each country. I’d like to see which research topics are most popular in each country. What subjects have shot up in Iran and Turkey, for instance? It would be interesting to know if change in government support is responsible for a rise or decline in certain research topics. (This is as true in the US as anywhere else.)