A deputy health minister said that increasing the research budget and research-based manpower helps boost the country’s research products.
Dr. Reza Malekzadeh added that Iran rank 17th in the Scopus Database and 30th in the International Statistical Institute (ISI), ISNA reported.
“Iran’s contribution to science production worldwide stood at 1.53 percent in 2013, which is a logical figure given the country’s population,” he said.
“The other problem is reduction of international cooperation, a portion of which is due to political and economic problems.”
Malekzadeh noted that Iran ranks 30th in pediatrics in Scopus.
“The country faces a shortage of researcher and budget to increase the quality of scientific researches,” he said.
Malekzadeh put the share of research in gross domestic product below 1 percent.
“The research budget was expected to reach 2.5 percent, but currently stands at 0.4 percent,” he said.