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Bu-Ali Sina University; Hamedan, Iran.
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In recent decades, research has growth Increasingly in Iran and, consequently, the country has risen dramatically in world rankings, based on the number of scientific documents. The impressive growth of the number of Iran researches, research experts increasingly focus on "research impact", and repeated emphasize on the issue of "use of research to improve society" in Iran superior governmental documents, leaded some researchers to investigate "how much Iran researches are effective?" They showed that these researches have in general been ineffective. Therefore, their efficacy should be evaluated which is the main purpose of this study. In this regard, using the Descriptive-Analytical method and valid secondary data and statistics, the results of Citation Analysis of Iran research outcomes were compared with other countries. Central questions of this study were respectively about «the quality of Iran whole researches (1996-2014)», «the quality of top researches (2005-2014)», «comparing the quality of whole researches with quality of top researches», and «the quality of Iran's Persian (2011-2012) and English (2014) scientific journals». For this purpose, based on the reliable data from valid databases (Thomson Reuters, Scopus and ISC), the value and rank of Iran at different citation related indices were extracted or calculated. The results, including «few citations per paper (5/7) which is about half of the global average (10/3) and declining trend of Iran rank based on this index», «poor country rank based on the share of top papers in all documents (128)», «small share of global citations (47.0%), despite a significant share in the world Scientific document (1/1%)», «low h-index despite the large number of articles», «inappropriate position in the basis of self-citation (more than 50% in 2014) in addition to a declining trend», «few citations per paper (76/7) which is about half of the global average (144/9)», «small share of global citations to top papers (0/18%) compared with the share of Iran in top papers(0/41%)», and the fact that «the average of 0/91% of Persian scientific journals' IF was 0/037 and just 1% of them had more than 0/5 IFs» imply that the quality of Iran researches has been both poor and decreasing. Therefore, during recent decades, despite an impressive growth in the number of Iran researches, these researches have had a poor and regressive «efficacy».

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Library and Information Science
Received: 2016/02/1 | Accepted: 2016/05/28 | Published: 2016/06/14