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[Correspondence] Post-sanctions era in Iran: opportunity for science and publication

Masoud Mozafari1 reported that Iran’s scientific publications have increased even in the sanction period. However, quality of publication should be noticed more than just the number of publications. SCImago Journal Rank shows that between 1996 and 2014, Iran ranked 22nd worldwide for the number of scientific papers published, but the ranking for total citations was 38th, for citations per paper was 161st, and for H index was 42nd. According to the Journal Citation Report (2014) and Web of Science databases, the top ten journals that published the most Iranian papers in the last decade had the highest two impact factors of 3·840 and 2·275 (appendix).