Distribution of Scientific Wealth in Iran and Regional Planning for Development

Saeid Asadi, Hamid R. Jamali

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Any geographical region can contribute in the production of science (e.g. publishing articles). It can also benefit from the science produced, especially if the scientific work is about that region, in other words, the geographical region is the beneficiary of the scientific work. Defining scientific wealth as contribution in the production of science and being a beneficiary of science, this study looks at the geographical distribution of scientific wealth in Iran. Thirty-one Iranian provinces were ranked according to their contribution in the national scientific production and the amount they benefit from science. The results show imbalanced and dispersed distribution of scientific wealth across the country. About 20 percent of provinces hold more than 80 percent of the scientific wealth. Implications and applications of the findings for librarians are discussed. They should put more effort on managing and organizing scientific databases and improve access to information in poorer regions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Library and Information Education and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationA-LIEP 2015
Place of PublicationManila, Philippines
Publisher UP School of Library and Information Studies
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2015
Event6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library and Information Education and Practice: A-LIEP 2015 - Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines
Duration: 28 Oct 201530 Oct 2015

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ISSN (Print)2467-5970


Conference6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library and Information Education and Practice
Abbreviated titleExploring Unity Amid Diversity
OtherThe Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP) is an international conference series which has been held in the Asia-Pacific region every one or two years since 2006. The aim of the conference is to bring together LIS educators, researchers and practitioners to share their research, experiences and innovations in Library & Information Science, and stimulate greater collaboration and cooperation regionally and globally.
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