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http://thomsonreuters.comThe Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) databases show that King Saud University (KSU) has produced 1,700 scientific papers, the most among Saudi universities and more than all of the rest combined.King Abdulaziz University (KAU) is second with 549 papers, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) is third with 439. Also on the list are Taif University (155), King Faisal University (99), King Khalid University (75), Umul Qura University (62) and Qassim University (59).

KSU has achieved a phenomenal increase in scientific publishing with this year's output five times what it was in 2007, when only 324 scientific papers were published.

This increase in scientific publishing parallels the university's publishing of five research articles in the highly respected international scientific journals ScienceNature and other renowned journals as well as a number of patents KSU has registered with the U.S. Patent Office.

The standards required for scientific journals to be ISI-indexed reflect the quality of the journal. These include:

  1. The timeline of publication is of primary importance because a journal must be published according to its stated frequency for at least two consecutive years.
  2. The international diversity of the specialties and country of origin of the journal’s editorial committee, to inspire confidence in the quality and distinction of the published articles.
  3. The diversity of the sources of research published in the journal, to cover the largest possible number of countries and researcher nationalities.
  4. The quality of published research and its relevance to the international scientific community. This research is assessed according to the number of citations the authors have in other journals.
  5. All research articles should be published in English for accessibility to researchers worldwide.

KSU 181x175All international quality criteria for refereed international journals must be satisfied in submission, evaluation and publishing of scientific articles.

It is hoped that KSU's success will encourage other Saudi universities to increase their emphasis on research and publications.

ISI maintains citation databases covering thousands of academic journals, including a continuation of its longtime print-based indexing service, the Science Citation Index (SCI), as well as the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI). All of these are available through ISI's Web of Knowledge database service, which allows a researcher to identify which articles have been cited most frequently and who has cited them.