Number of Vietnamese articles in scientific publications is growing at faster rate than other regional countries

Vietnam is the fastest growing country in the region in terms of articles in scientific publications, while Singapore, India and Pakistan have the highest output.

The information was released in an announcement on October 2 by ISI Clarivate Web of Science (ISI) about 14 countries in South and Southeast Asia, including Laos, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, India and Vietnam in the 1981-2018 period. 

Number of Vietnamese articles in scientific publications is growing at faster rate than other regional countries

Vietnam has connections with most of developed sciences in the world 


The study, Global Research Report – South and East Asia, by four scientists working for ISI shows that researchers in the region make great contribution to the world’s science, but their research is mostly carried out during the time they spend overseas.

However, the research capability of the region has grown tremendously, making increasingly important contributions. In recent years, regional scientists have made up 8 percent of total scientific publication output of the globe compared with 3 percent in the period from 1981 to 1995.

Vietnam has connections with most of developed sciences in the world such as the US, France and the UK, and in Asia such as Japan, Taiwan, China and South Korea.
 

Among the regional countries, Vietnam has the fastest growth rate with the number of scientific publications having increased by five times since 2009.


The increase in scientific publication output in South and Southeast Asia is the result of cooperation with each other and with countries with more developed sciences.

The authors of the report attribute the cooperation to easier access to information about conferences more convenient travel and the global nature of scientific issues. International projects in fields such as health, environment, or physics also provide more opportunities for scientists.

Vietnam has connections with most of developed sciences in the world such as the US, France and the UK, and in Asia such as Japan, Taiwan, China and South Korea.

In terms of scientific publication output, Singapore remains an exception with its two universities – the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang NTU, which are listed among the world’s top universities.

In 1981-2018, the country had 120,000 scientific articles cited by ISI, ranked second after India (more than 560,000). However, also according to the report, India has great development potential.

Besides India and Singapore, the countries with high output include Malaysia (91,000), Pakistan (77,000), Thailand (70,000) and Vietnam (26,000).

According to Le Van Ut from Ton Duc Thang University, there are 10 Vietnamese names on the list of 100,000 scientists with the highest numbers of citations. These include one scientist from Hanoi Medical University, two from Ton Duc Thang University, three from Hanoi National University, one from HCM City National University, two from Phenikaa and one from Vietnam-France University. 

Ho Manh Toan - Pham Hiep (SSHPA)

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