Overall Stages toward Development of the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC)
Parallel with the policies of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, the Islamic World Science citation Center (ISC) instantly initiated programs to perform its functional activities. Ever since, ISC has been developing during several stages:
1.Analyzing accredited Persian journals in ISC multiple systems and products since 1999.
2.Input and processing of accredited Arabic journals of the Islamic countries in various ISC system products since 2005.
3.Processing and analyzing accredited English scientific journals in Iran and other Islamic countries and presentation of the results to the scientific communities since 2005.
4.In the final stage, ISC is planning to deal with Turkish, Indonesian, Malaysian, French, and other scientific languages. Preliminary activities have been done and programs will be gradually completed along with the development of ISC organization. ISC surveyed the distribution of scientific journals in the Muslim world and selected, as the first step, 1352 accredited journals for indexing based on Citation Index Regulations for Accredited Publications.
Timeline of the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC)
The most important administrative and practical efforts on the way of establishment of the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC) are:
1.Recommendation of the Supreme Leader regarding the establishment of a citation system for Iran and the Islamic World in 2004.
2.Pilot program of Persian Journal Citation Reports (PJCR) in the Regional Information Center for Science and Technology in 2000.
3.Inaugurating the pilot program by the former vice- minister for Research Affairs in the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, in June 2006.
4.ISC first national conference in Asr-e- Enghelab Research Complex, September 2006, attended by Dr. Zahedi, the respectable minister, Dr. Kabganian, vice-minister, editors of research journals and members of Journal Commission of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.
5.ISC workshop in Tehran 2006, during the Research and Technology Week for journal editors and vice chancellors for research affairs in the universities and research centers.
6.ISC approval in the 9th public meeting of the Ministers of Education of the Islamic countries in Rabat, Morocco, 2007.
7.Establishment of Iran Science Citation Index in 2007.
8.Providing the Arabic and English research journals of the Islamic countries to ISC in March 2004.
9.Presenting ISC top research journals in the Research and Technology Week in 2006 up to now.
10.Establishment of Iran Essential Science Indicators (IESI) in 2008.
11.Approval of the policies of the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC) by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution on May 2008.
12.Establishment of the Persian Highly-cited Proceedings Database (PHPD) on June 2008.
13.Establishment of the Persian Citation Alert (PCA) on July 2008.
14.Establishment of the ISC Electronic Journal Submission System in Persian, English and Arabic on November 2008.
15.ISC approval in the 4th Meeting of the Ministers of Higher Education of the Islamic Countries in Baku, Azerbaijan, in Oct. 2008 attended by the Minister of Science, Research and Technology, I. R. of Iran, His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi and Dr. Jafar Mehrad, president of ISC.
16.Implementation of the system of full-text articles of Persian, Arabic and English journals of the Islamic World in 2008.
17.Implementation of a Citation Report System for citations and H-index in Dec. 2008.
18.ISC seminar for Deputy Ministers and Directors of Education and Research in the Ministries of Higher Education of the Islamic Countries in Tehran, Iran, Dec.21-22, 2008.
19.Publication of the first volume of Iran’s book of Science based on ISC in Nov. 2008.
20.Signing ISC and SCOPUS Memorandum of Understanding in March 2008 by Dr. Jafar Mehrad, president of ISC and Mr. Niels Weertman, director of Scopus, Performance and Planning and Collaboration.
21.Approval of the Regulations of the accredited scientific journals’ Citation Index in the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC) in March 2008.
22.First meeting of ISC Executive Committee in Shiraz in April 2009.
23.Approval of 153 Persian scientific journals with Impact Factor (IF) in ISC Steering Committee in March 2008.
24.Approval of 13 English scientific journals with IF in April 2009.
25.ISC seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 6-7, 2009.
26.Approval of 310 Persian, Arabic and English scientific journals with IF in Jan. 2010.
27.Establishment of ISC Journal Performance Indicators Database in 2009.
28.Publication of second volume of Iran’s Book of Science in ISC in 2009.
29.Implementation of XML System of ISC Electronic Journal Submission in 2009.
30.Establishment of ISC Electronic Proceedings Submission System in 2009.
31.Approval of 406 Persian, 69 Arabic and 49 English and French journals by ISC Steering Committee, in July 14, 2010.
32.ISC seminar for Islamic countries in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance during Tehran Press Exhibition in 2010.
33.ISESCO first invitation of Dr. Mehrad, president of the Islamic World Science Citation Center, to the 5th Meeting of the Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Islamic countries Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November, 2010.
34.Assignment of the ranking of universities and research centers to ISC by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in 2010.
35.Signing an agreement between ISC and the Iranian Science and Technology Vice President for reviewing science and technology, providing cogent statistics on scientific and technological activities in the Islamic Republic of Iran, identifying nation’s main axes of scientific production and regular investigation of the status of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region and the world in 2010.
36.Developing the Atlas of Scientific Productions of Iran’s scientists and researchers based on agreement signed between ISC president, Dr. MEhrad and deputy minister in research affairs, MSRT, Dr. Mahdinejad Nouri.