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Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, King Saud University's Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, has lauded recent data revealing a significant rise in quality scientific publishing by the University's various research chairs.

According to the Vice Rector, 226 research papers were submitted to the Thomson ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) in 2010, 40 percent more than 2009. Eighty of  papers were published, 39 were accepted for publication and 89 papers were being assessed.

Al-Ghamdi says that the KSU Research Chairs Program has acquired unprecedented importance, particularly in regard to the international publishing arena. He added that these achievements are evidence of the efficacy of the Research Chair Program he oversees. Not only does the Research Chair Program influence publishing, as demonstrated by the ISI data, but it ultimately benefits the interests of Saudi Arabia's economy and society.

Al-Ghamidi said KSU's progress can be measured by indexes such as the Thomson ISI, which tracks the citations of researchers from quality academic and scientific journals and makes research data more accessible to experts around the world.  He also said that quality publishing promotes distinguished research done by KSU faculty, which enhances the University's reputation and subsequently makes collaboration with the world's top research institutions more possible.

KSU's scientific publishing has increased dramatically in the past three years:  up by 7 percent in  2007, 33 percent in 2008 and 23 percent in 2009. King Saud University is ranked No. 1 among Arab universities in number of published articles in scientific journals..

Launched in 2007, the Research Chair Program assesses the performance of health, scientific, engineering, agricultural and humanities chairs based upon various criteria, and the Thomson ISI, which provides clear and measurable data, is one of the most important indicators. In addition to publishing, the excellence of KSU chairs is based upon invention patents, medical discoveries and the participation of students in chair activities.

The program requires individual chairs  to establish a set of objectives which generally include local and international collaboration, community partnership and ensuring that research projects meets international standards.