Authors:Farzaneh Aminpour, Payam Kabiri, Zahra Otroj, and Abbas Keshtkar
Introduction There are many researches have been conducted on webometrics, especially the impacts of websites on each other and the web
impact factor. However, there are few studies focusing on the websites of Iranian universities. This study analyzed the websites
of Iranian universities of medical sciences according to the webometric indicators.
Method and materials In a cross-sectional study, the number of web pages, inlinks, external inlinks and also the overall and absolute web impact
factors for Iranian universities of medical sciences with active exclusive websites were calculated and compared using AltaVista
search engine. Finally, the websites were ranked based on these webometric indicators.
Results The results showed that the website of Tehran university of medical sciences with 49,300 web pages and 9860 inlinks was ranked
first for the size and number of inlinks, while its impact factor was ranked 38th. Rafsanjan UMS with 15 web pages and 211
links had the highest rank for the web impact factor among Iranian universities of medical sciences.
Discussions and conclusions The study revealed that Iranian universities of medical sciences did not have much impact on the web and were not well known
internationally. The major reason relies on linguistic barriers. Some of them also suffer from technical problems in their
Authors:Farzaneh Aminpour, Payam Kabiri, Mohammad Boroumand, Abbas Keshtkar, and Seyed Hejazi
Applying different institutional addresses in the scientific production of a same university has underestimated the scientific
production of Iranian universities and consequently lowered their position in the international academic rankings for a long
time. The present study evaluated the scientific production of Iranian medical universities according to their institutional
addresses registered in the papers indexed by Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). By conducting a descriptive research
we retrieved total SCIE indexed of top Iranian medical universities and their respective hospitals and research centers from
the beginning of 1986 to the end of 2007. Then different variations of the institutional addresses of each university in the
author affiliation of papers were assessed. Finally the universities were ranked according to observing a uniformed format
for more registered addresses in SCIE. The findings showed unexpected diversity in the institutional affiliation of each university
in their SCIE indexed papers. Although “Tehran University of Medical Sciences” showed the most variation in registering institutional
addresses but ranked first according to observing unification for more addresses in the SCIE indexed papers comparing to the
other universities. The problem of applying different institutional affiliations in the scientific production of the universities
should be valued enough by the whole scientific community. Observing a uniformed format in registering institutional addresses
of Iranian medical universities would affect their scientific credibility and international ranks through representing their
real scientific productivity.