One of the most important indicators of scientific productivity of the universities which is also called the Academic Publication Perfomance is the number of international publications as the result of scientific studies that academicians have made. While determining these performance values, the number of articles which is published in the international citation index such as Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) is taken into account.
In the University Rankings by national and international foundations which help universities see their academic performances, compare themselves with other universities and realize developmental needs according to defined criteria, the number of publications is one of the most factors in the rankings.
When university rankings indicated by URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance) Research Laboratory within the Informatics Institute founded in the Middle East Technical University (METU) a short time ago are analysed, our university takes the 94th place with 16 digits increase in 2010 all universities general ranking. Our university which was in the 40th place in general ranking of universities founded after 2000 has risen to 26th place in 2014.
Scientific publication performance has no doubt great impact on this success. According to Web of Science data which is one of the most important international citation indexes, the number of publications made by our academicians has been rising every year. In this context, the number of articles published in abovementioned international indexed journals has reached 115 with almost 203% increase in 2010.
Another indicator in addition to the number of publications which sould be taken into consideration is the number of publications per academician. Within this framework, this rate which was 0.34 in 2010 has today reached 0.56 with 65% increase.
Our university Rector Prof. Dr. Alkan says “All kinds of scientific, academic and educational work environment has occurred in our university, all kinds of opportunity and support is given to those intending to study and more support will be given each researcher who want to contribute to our country and especially humankind with his/her study. In the last 3 years, great developments in library and IT infrastructure have occurred with 6.500.000 TL project support given by Coordinatorship of Scientific Research Projects(BAP), researchers, even students are provided financial support on condition that they make scientific studies abroad, central laboratory has entered into service, technocity has been completed and demands have been taken and other educational buildings are about to finish.” He thanks all stakeholders especially our academic and administrative staff and students who have implemented these works with great sacrifices.