In 2018 compared with 2017, Iran remained on its previous spot, ranking 4th place by publication of 9662 nano-articles and Islamic Azad University carried the largest number of nano-articles last year, according to a report released by StatNano.
StatNano, a comprehensive statistical database portal, which has been compiling and releasing the data and statistics related to nanotechnology using scientific methodologies since 2010, is today one of the most reliable references of researchers and policymakers around the world. The statistics of the nano-articles published by each country are reported by StatNano on a monthly basis, which collects them by searching the appropriate terms in the search engine of the WoS.
Accordingly, in 2018, more than 166,000 articles related to nanotechnology were published, indicating an increase of more than 7% compared to the corresponding period last year. In addition to research articles, over 9,000 review articles were also published in the past year, which comprise nearly 5% of all nanotechnology publications.
In 2018 compared with 2017, the top 5 countries of the world in nanoscience generation remained on their previous spots.
As in the past years, the share of nano-articles in the total scientific publications has still been growing. In 2018, around 9.7% of the total scientific publications were related to nanotechnology, which has been the highest since 2014.
In terms of local share, which is the ratio of the nano-articles carried in a country to the total articles of that country, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, and India, took the top 4 places on the list compiled using this indicator, respectively. Iraq having only 463 nano-articles in 2018, which interestingly comprises nearly 17% of its total scientific publications in this year, could surprisingly reach the 5th spot on this list.
Given the subject matter of the nano-articles published in 2018, the greatest number of the articles were run in the fields of chemistry, materials science, physics, and engineering science, respectively. The four journals of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Applied Surface Science, RCS Advances, and Nanoscale had the largest shares in the publication of nano-articles in this year. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Islamic Azad University from Iran, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Tsinghua University from China carried the largest number of nano-articles last year.
Iran has made huge progress in different sciences and technologies in recent years.
Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari announced early in December that Iran stood atop the nations of the region in the production of science and technology.
"Now, Iran ranks first in the region in science and technology," Sattari said, addressing a forum on stem cells in Tehran.
He also referred to Iran's huge progress in the field of stem cells, and said that the country had been able to take over Turkey and Israel in this field.
Sattari underscored that Iran's progress in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine had opened a door to the development of knowledge-based economy.
Also, in June, Sattari underlined that Iran's international ranking in science production had risen from 34th to 16th.
"Iran ranks first in West Asia in terms of science output with the number of its college students rising to 4.8 million from 2.4 million," Sattari said, addressing the second Iran-Europe Cooperation Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
He reiterated that Iran had made great progress in the fields of biotechnology, renewable energy, nanotechnology and stem cells.
Sattari said that there were 47 million internet users in Iran who constitute nearly half of the total Internet users in the Middle East, and added, "Iran ranks first in the Middle East for production of biological drugs."
He said that Iran had one of the most successful biotech companies with young and skilled staff aged 33 on the average which exported biological drugs to 10 countries, Sattari said.
Of 39 technology parks existing in Iran, Paris Park is one of the largest in West Asia which houses 200 companies and some of them export advanced technological products, he added.