My Contribution to UMS Publications in ISI/WoS

At present, many Malaysian universities define research quality in terms of publications in journals indexed by Thomson ISI/WoS. An earlier posting has compiled all my publications in the above database via the portal ResearcherID (click here). 

It then prompted me to find out how significant my contribution is to my home university’s publications in ISI/WoS. To do that, I proceed as follows:

  • Access Web of Knowledge via institutional login (click here);
  • Search “Univ Malaysia Sabah” in Address;
  • Set Timespan = All Years;
  • Set Databases = SCI-Expanded, SSCI (since most universities are interested in those journals with impact factors).

The search results then display 519 documents, which comprises of 456 articles, 29 meeting abstracts, 24 proceedings papers, 21 reviews, 9 editorial materials, and 3 letters. This number is really meager (you can compute the number of article per staff per year) if the university aspires to be a Research University (I will do an analysis for other RUs in future posting- Now available, click here)

Next, I perform a simple analysis based on authors (and quantities). I am ranked 18 (not exactly as there are 5 authors with the same number). My ranking will improve as I have 5 papers not yet recorded by Web of Knowledge (click here for my in press/forthcoming papers). It is indeed shocking to learn that I am the top contributor in the social sciences category as recorded by SSCI, considering that I am still a senior lecturer.

I have dedicated a separate page for monthly updates on the top 25 authors in UMS. Click HERE for monthly updates starting June 2012.