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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity

Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity among ASEAN’s and World’s Best Universities

Hossein Gholizadeh

Hadi Salehi

Mohamed Amin Embi

Mahmoud Danaee

Ali Ordi

Farid Habibi Tanha,

Nader Ale Ebrahim, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya

Noor Azuan Abu Osman


Measuring the number of papers which are published each year,
publication productivity is the factor which shows the reputation of
universities and countries. However, the effect of growing economy and
using internet on the publication productivity in Asian countries has
not been discovered yet. The present research is going to figure out the
publication productivity among the elite universities in Asian
countries and also ten top universities around the world in the last
twenty years (from 1993 to 2012). Furthermore, the current research is
aimed to study the relationship among publication, gross domestic
product (GDP) and internet usage. It is worth to mention that the
publication of the top Ten Malaysian Universities was regarded for the
similar period of time. To get the exact numbers of documents like
papers, conference articles, review papers and letters which are
published by the universities in the last twenty years, the writer of
the same paper used the Science Direct database. Moreover, the data for
GDP and the number of internet usage was collected through the World
Bank database (World Data Bank).To compare all kinds of
publications,one-way ANOVA was used and to investigate the impact of
economic growth and internet usage on publication productivity, multiple
regression analysis was applied.The results showed that the rate of
publication growth was 1.9, 20.9, and 65.5 % in top universities in the
world, ASEAN countries and Malaysia, respectively.The results also
showed that there was a positive and significant correlation between GDP
and the number of internet users with the number of publications in
ASEAN and Malaysian universities. Internet usage had much more influence
in comparison with the GDP in predicting the number of publications
among these groups except for top ten Malaysian universities from 2003
to 2012. In summary, publication trends in top ten Malaysian and ASEAN
universities are promising. However, policy makers and science managers
should spend much more percentage of their GDP on Internet facilities
and research studies that their outputs lead to more rapid economic
growth and internet usage.

Suggested Citation

H. Gholizadeh, H. Salehi, M. A. Embi, M. Danaee, A. Ordi, F. H. Tanha, N. Ale Ebrahim, and N. A. A. Osman, “Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity among ASEAN’s and World’s Best Universities,” Modern Applied Science, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 169-178, September 1, 2014.

"Economic Growth and Internet Usage Impact on Publication Productivity " by Hossein Gholizadeh, et al.

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