Iran and Malaysia Scientific Collaboration: a review of co-authorship patterns as reflected in Web of Science



Objective: To determine the scope and extent of scientific cooperation between Iran and Malaysia for the 1975-2008 periods.
Methodology: A scientometric method was employed covering the collaboration trend with respect to first authors, other participating nations and primary subject area. The most prolific Iranian research institutes cooperating with their Malaysian counterparts were examined and analysis.
Findings: With the first instance dating 1975, the trend for collaboration had been upward in the past 34 years. The highest rate of scientific collaboration was for 2008 when there were 87 papers published; Chemistry comprised the most prolific subject area. University of Malaya and Science Malaysia had contributed most in joint scientific output.