Relationship Among Economic Growth, Internet Usage and Publication Productivity: Comparison Among ASEAN and World's Best Countries

Modern Applied Science, 8(2), 160-170, 2014, doi: 10.5539/mas.v8n2p160

11 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2014  

Hossein Gholizadeh

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Hadi Salehi

Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch

Mohamed Amin Embi

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Faculty of Education

Mahmoud Danaee

University Malaya

Seyed Mohammad Motahar

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Faculty of Information Science and Technology

Nader Ale Ebrahim

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM); University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture

Farid Habibi

University of Economic Sciences

Noor Azuan Abu Osman

University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Engineering

Date Written: March 14, 2014

Abstract

Publication productivity, as measured by the number of papers, has been regarded as one of the main indicators of reputation of countries and institutions. Nevertheless, the relationship among research publications, economic growth and World Wide Web in ASEAN countries is still unclear. The main intention of this study was to identify publication productivity among ASEAN and the world’s top ten countries in the last 16 years (1996-2011). This study also aimed at finding the relationship among publication, gross domestic product (GDP) and internet usage. Furthermore, the publication trend in the 10 first Malaysian universities was evaluated for the same periods. Scopus database was used to find the overall documents, overall citations, citations per document and international collaboration from 1996 to 2011 for each country. The World Bank database (World Data Bank) was used to collect the data for GDP and the number of internet users. Moreover, to evaluate 10 top Malaysian universities, the number of published articles, conferences, reviews, and letters for the same periods was collected. The results of this study showed significant differences among ASEAN and top 10 countries regarding publication productivity. Moreover, a positive and significant relationship was observed between indices, GDP and internet usage for these countries. Surprisingly, international collaboration had a significant and negative relationship with economic growth. Malaysia had fewer citations per document (7.64) and international collaboration (36.9%) among ASEAN countries. In conclusion, international collaboration between academic institutes and researchers is influenced by economic growth and access to internet in the countries. Furthermore, publication trends in ASEAN countries are promising. However, policy makers and science managers should try to find different ways to increase the quality of the research publication and to raise citation per document.

Keywords: ASEAN countries, publication productivity, citation, internet user, collaboration, economic growth

JEL Classification: L11, L1, L2, M11, M12, M1, M54, Q1, O1, O3, P42, P24, P29, Q31, Q32, L17

Suggested Citation

Gholizadeh, Hossein and Salehi, Hadi and Embi, Mohamed Amin and Danaee, Mahmoud and Motahar, Seyed Mohammad and Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Habibi, Farid and Abu Osman, Noor Azuan, Relationship Among Economic Growth, Internet Usage and Publication Productivity: Comparison Among ASEAN and World's Best Countries (March 14, 2014). Modern Applied Science, 8(2), 160-170, 2014, doi: 10.5539/mas.v8n2p160. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2411860

Hossein Gholizadeh

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

HOME PAGE: http://engine.um.edu.my/

Hadi Salehi

Islamic Azad University, Najafabad Branch ( email )

Iran
Iran
Najafabad, Isfahan
Iran

Mohamed Amin Embi

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Faculty of Education ( email )

Department of Industrial Computing
School of Information Technology -FTSM
Bangi, Selangor 55100
Malaysia
+60 3 89215969 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ukm.my/ppa/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=2:prof-dr-mohamed-amin-embi&catid

Mahmoud Danaee

University Malaya ( email )

Level 14, Wisma R&D, University of Malaya Jalan Pa
KL, RI KL 59990
Malaysia
0060173601650 (Phone)

Seyed Mohammad Motahar

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Faculty of Information Science and Technology ( email )

Department of Industrial Computing
School of Information Technology -FTSM
Bangi, Selangor 55100
Malaysia

Nader Ale Ebrahim (Contact Author)

Centre for Research Services, Institute of Management and Research Services (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

HOME PAGE: http://https://umresearch.um.edu.my/

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

Farid Habibi

University of Economic Sciences ( email )

No. 242 Somayeh St
Tehran
Iran

Noor Azuan Abu Osman

University of Malaya (UM) - Faculty of Engineering ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, 50603
Malaysia

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