The National Bibliometric Study aimed to identify the status of productivity and the production of knowledge in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and Social Sciences at national and international level.
For these reasons, MASTIC started the first bibliometric study in 2003 where data from 1955 to 2002 were captured and reported. This was followed by the second bibliometric study in 2008, which covered data from 1980 to 2008. The third study conducted in 2012 which covered data from 2001 to 2011. Next, the fourth study conducted in 2015 which covered data from 2001 to 2014. The latest study conducted by MASTIC, covering data from 2001 to 2017.
The scope of National Bibliometric Study (2001 - 2017) focused on knowledge productivity in:
- Public and Private Higher Learning Institutions
- Public and Private Research Institutes
- Government Agencies
The main objectives for the National Bibliometric Study (2001-2017) are:
- To assess the level of research output productivity in the form of scientific publications at the national and international level from January 2001 to December 2017 and to provide main source of reference of this activity for use by researchers, individuals, organisations and the nation.
- To report the research performance of Malaysian universities through the publications of the researchers that have been indexed in International databases.
- To compare the productivity in scientific research output by researchers, universities and Malaysian research institutions at the national and international level.
- To report on the collaborations among Malaysian and International researchers, universities and research institutions.
- To map the publications and patents that have been produced by institutions.
- To put forth suggestions and recommendations to policy makers to increase the knowledge productivity output in STI such that we are able to be more competitive at the International level.
The concepts and definitions, as well as the indicators and methodology that were used in the study are primarily based on the international guidelines proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in: STI Working Papers 1997/1: BIBLIOMETRIC INDICATORS AND ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH SYSTEMS: METHODS AND EXAMPLES
In planning for and in producing the report for the National Bibliometric Study (2001-2017), other authorative resources on bibliometrics were also used.
The upcoming National Bibliometric Study is expected to be carried out in 2021.