Islamic World Science Citation (ISC) is a multilingual full text system which is approved by OIC-Dr. Jafar Mehrad

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1st International Meeting of Research Journal Editors in Shiraz
Islamic World Science Citation (ISC) is a multilingual 
full text system which is approved by OIC-Dr. Jafar Mehrad
We prepare JCR in English, Persian and Arabic while Turkish, Malay 
and French language citation analysis is being planned
ISC has also started working on determining ranking 
of universities in Islamic countries

From Shaukat Ali Jawaid:

SHIRAZ (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN): Islamic World Science Citation Center in Shiraz in collaboration with ISESCO hosted the First International meeting of Research Journal Editors at ISC campus on October 23-24th 2012. It was attended by a select gathering of Research Journal Editors in different subjects from many Islamic countries including Malaysia, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, and Bangladesh besides Islamic Republic of Iran. Research Journal Editors from Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Economics, Agriculture, Environment, library sciences etc., were invited to share their knowledge and experience and introduce them to the functioning of Islamic World Science Citation (ISC) to strengthen this research database representing the Islamic Countries. Pakistan was represented by a two member delegation which included Dr. Fatema Jawad Chief Editor of Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA) and Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Managing Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences who is also Secretary General of Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME). 

President of ISC Prof Dr. Jafar Mehrad (fourth from left) photographed along with 
a few delegates to the First International meeting of Research Journal Editors
hosted by ISC at Shiraz on October 23-24th 2012.

Addressing the participants Dr. Jafar Mehrad President of ISC said that ISC is a multilingual full text system which is different from the other two well known databases i.e. Thompson-Reuter and Scopus as they only cover English language journals. Both these systems are highly reputed and index many international authoritative journals. Scopus covers about twenty thousand while Thomson Reuters covers about ten thousand research journals. Though these systems have different approaches regarding citation analysis both have significant rules in evaluating the scientific performance of the countries. Recently these two systems have also included journals published in languages other than English. They have abstracting and indexing services. ISC does not have more than five years of experience. It is fully supported by Islamic countries which is utmost important for its success.ISC covers all the research journals published in English, Persian as well as Arabic. We generate Journal Citation Reports in all these languages and plan to have citation analysis in other languages like Turkish, Malay and French as well in the days to come. More recently countries like Germany, England, India and Poland have expressed their interest to get their journals indexed in ISC. Hence entrance of these journals of non-Islamic countries to ISC enabling it to go beyond the borders of Islamic World and consequently become an international indexing system.ISC will enable scientific mapping of Islamic countries. ISC, he further stated is approved by the Ministers of Science and Technology of the Islamic countries and we in Iran are proud to be hosting it as per unanimous decision of the OIC.
ISC Dr. Jafar Mehrad said is currently pursuing its expansion and growth in several areas. We had been studying and analyzing the scientific Persian journals since 1999 in different ISC systems and products. Analysis and indexing of Arabic Research Journals was stated in 2005 and it was followed by evaluation and analysis of English Language Journals from Iran and other Islamic countries. Indexing and processing of Turkish, Malay, French and other national languages is being planned along with development of ISC’s organization. ISC, he said incorporates a number of sub-systems each targeting a specific objective. With the availability of ISC’s services at their disposal the Organization of Islamic Countries might utilize these services to instigate research-scientific cooperation within and between the Islamic countries. ISC enables scientific mapping of OIC universities with the objective to clarify the current research scientific status of each member state. This kind of scientific mappings is a great help in production of map of science in the Islamic World.

Photographed during the First Int. meeting of Research Journal Editors hosted
by ISC in Shiraz Iran from (L to R) are Dr. Fatema Jawad Chief Editor JPMA from Pakistan,
Dr. Mohammad Reza Ghane Director of Education, Seminars and Publications of ISC from Iran,
Dr. Behrooz Astaneh Council member COPE and Deputy Editor of Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences,
Dr. Ahmad El Morse from Egypt and Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Managing Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences.

Referring to the scientific research output in Iran, Dr. Jafar said that in 1990 the number of research papers published were one hundred ninety which increased to 26,740 in the Year 2011. Similarly there has been tremendous improvement in many Islamic countries like Turkey, Malaysia, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia etc. If we take the number of research papers published from various Islamic countries, Iran tops the list which is followed by Syria, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan. ISC, Dr. Jafar further stated has been ranking the Iranian universities and research institutions during the past two years. The criteria and indicators defined for the ranking system was approved in the Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research held in Riyadh Saudi Arabia on October 4-5th 2011.
Giving details of the ISC set up, Dr.Jafar said that it has a steering council, an Executive Committee and Scientific Council. Its website (www.isc.gov.ir) can be accessed to have all the details. He urged all the participants to help disseminate this information about ISC and strengthen this database which will be extremely useful for academicians and researchers. ISC covers 237 medical journals from Iran. We are proud of where we are and what we are doing. Such meetings will be held in Iran as well as other Islamic countries in the days to come, he concluded.

Earlier Dr. Mohammad Reza Ghane Director of Education, Seminars and Publications of ISC in his welcome address emphasized the importance of safeguarding integrity and accuracy of science. He also referred to the problems faced by research science editors like peer review, citations and scientific misconduct. The inaugural sessions was also addressed by Dr. Abbas Sadri Director of ISESCO Regional Office in Tehran besides a presentation by Prof. Abbas Horri Faculty Member from Tehran University on Scientific Journals and Evaluation Tools. This was followed by presentations by various speakers on different aspects in sessions which were devoted to Scientific Principles and Regulations, Scientific misconduct, Cooperation of ISC and Scopus. In the last session functioning of ISC and how the research journal editors can deposit their manuscripts in this database and how the JCR reports are generated were discussed in detail.
The participants thanked the ISC management for its exceptional hospitality. The delegates were also provided an opportunity to visit the tombs of famous poets Hafiz and Saadi Shirazi in the evening on the first day of the conference.
In the concluding session there was interactive discussion on most of the points discussed during the two day meeting and the issues raised. In the end Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid from Pakistan summarized the suggestions, recommendations of the conference based on the discussions and presentations. This was as under:
1. Participants of this First International meeting of Research Journal Editors appreciates and congratulates ISC for this initiative of holding the first conference of Research Journal Editors from Islamic countries. Such meetings should be organized on regular basis in different countries.
2. ISC should be provided with hard or soft copies of all manuscripts by Research Journal Editors on regular basis to strengthen this database which will be of immense help and benefit for researchers.
3. ISC should broaden its base by having focal persons in all the Islamic countries to facilitate it in achieving its objectives.
4. ISC should co-operate with Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) and Prof. Farhad Handjani President-elect of EMAME who is on the faculty of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences can be contacted to work out the details of this cooperation.
5. Research Journals should have an author friendly policy to help, guide and assist them in improving the quality of their manuscripts.
6. The role of Professional Writers should be recognized and to ensure transparency their help and assistance in preparation of the manuscripts should be acknowledged.
7. All institutions should play their role in educating and creating awareness about plagiarism and its consequences for the authors.
8. Research Journal Editors should improve their communication with authors and keep them informed about developments regarding their manuscripts submitted for publication.
9. Workshops, Hands on Training should be organized on Medical Writing, Medical Editing and Peer Review to promote the art of scientific publishing in the Islamic World. It should be done by research journals, institutions including universities as well as professional specialty organizations. Authors should also be encouraged to use ISC database.
10. Institutional Review Board, Ethics Committee approval should be made mandatory before accepting manuscripts for publication. It will help in checking and minimizing the chances of academic fraud and scientific misconduct.
11. Students and Young researchers should be trained in checking of references, citations by the research journals and they should be paid some honorarium.
12. All participants of this meeting should report about this conference and its highlights in their respective publications and keep the ISC offices informed of what they have done or plan to do to promote the aims and objectives of ISC.
13. Speakers from ISC should be invited to various conferences organized by different countries. An invitation will be extended to ISC to participate and make a presentation on this important database in the forthcoming EMAME Congress scheduled to be held in 2013 so that medical editors from this region could be informed about its functioning.

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