Monday 01/08/2022 11:30:00 AM

UAEU publishes 1077 research articles, awarded 14 patents in first half of 2022

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has set scientific research at the forefront of its ambitious strategic vision, where research is considered a key to institutional innovation and foresight, to create a vibrant, sustainable future for the next generation.

In line with the vision, the faculty members of UAEU have produced 1,077 research articles during the period January to June 2022, according to the international Scopus database.

Dr Ahmed Murad, UAEU’s Associate Provost for Research elaborated that the impact of the university’s research is a combination of the number of publications, the significance of the Journal in the research field, and the citations of publications by other researchers. He noted that the UAEU’s publications have been cited 872 times across 88 countries, with a field-weight impact factor of 1.70.

He added, "UAEU’s focuses on the quality of the research output, which is assessed by the percentage of papers published in journals of high significance in their field. According to the Scopus database, 26 papers were published in the top 1 percent of journals, 28.3 percent of the papers were published in the top 10 percent of journals, and 67.3 percent of papers were published in the top 25 percent of journals."

According to the Scopus database, the distribution of publications in major fields is given as: engineering (11.3 percent), medicine (9.1 percent), computer science (7.9 percent), environmental sciences (7.4 percent), social sciences (6 percent), biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology (5.4 percent), materials and agricultural and biological sciences (4.9 percent), chemistry (4.8 percent), and mathematics (4.7 percent).

Professor Murad stressed that the UAEU devotes more attention to teamwork, collaboration with other scientific institutions, constructive communication, transfer of expertise, and provision of excellent research facilities. "These are essential to improving research output," he said, adding that 76.6 percent of UAEU’s publications are generated in collaboration with other universities in the UAE.

Professor Murad went on to say, that the research outputs of the UAEU make a key contribution to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. 464 of the published research papers (43 percent of all published papers in the first half of 2022) related to the goals, including 190 papers in the area of health and quality of life (Goal 3), 84 papers in the area of clean energy (Goal 7), and 79 papers focused on reducing inequalities (Goal 10).

In conclusion, he highlighted the importance of producing patents and new inventions as "patents represent one of the most important research outcomes of academic institutions".

During the first half of 2022, the UAEU fielded 10 patents and has been granted 14 patents. Overall, the UAEU has 217 granted patents.