Purpose – This study aims to analyze Saudi scientific output in the field of computer science in Web of Science database, covering the years 1978 through 2012. Design/methodology/approach – The study involved analyzing 998 publications in terms of the publication count and its growth, citation, share of international collaboration, research areas and researchers’ productivity. Findings – The results show that the number of papers produced in computer science field has only increased after year 2007; this is because Saudi universities have applied a catch‐up strategy to increase its research output. Also, our study reveals that the publication performance of Saudi scientists in computer science was domestic and suffers from low international visibility. Only two universities took the lead in the production of computer science research. Furthermore, computer science research trends in Saudi Arabia focused on engineering, followed by mathematics and telecommunications. Originality/value – Studies on international academic publication productivity in the Middle East, particularly in Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, are rarely found. In fact, bibliometric studies on Saudi researchers in the field of computer science are not available. Therefore, the originality of this study resides in being the first study to measure publication productivity of Saudi researchers in the field of computer science.
International Journal of Web Information Systems – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 10, 2014
Keywords: Bibliometrics; Web of science; Saudi Arabia; Computer science; Science citation index; Scientific productivity