Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has quickly risen to become one of the most important players in scientific research in the Middle East, thanks to generous funding from the government and an ambitious plan to shift the country from an oil-based economy to a knowledge economy. Over the past decade, the kingdom has overhauled its research institutes, created top-tier universities and invested in one of the largest overseas education scholarships to meet its target.

Today, the country has managed to attract top expertise from around the world to its institutes, and Saudi researchers are heavily involved in research collaborations with their international peers. Over the past four years, the country has risen in the Nature Index ratings to have the second highest WFC in the Western Asia region.


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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Saudi Arabia published between 1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

457 132.04

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 78 11.20
Physical Sciences 173 49.40
Earth & Environmental Sciences 54 20.06
Chemistry 224 72.20

1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

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Collaborations between countries

Percentage of collaboration by FC

Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 collaborators by FC

  • Saudi Arabia
  1. 35.87
  2. China (90.72)
  3. Germany (45.48)
  4. 9.45
  5. France (20.99)
  6. Japan (14.11)
  7. Australia (12.75)
  8. 3.63
  9. Spain (10.91)
  10. Canada (9.69)

Collaboration is determined by the combined fractional count (FC) of Saudi Arabia and the collaborating country.

Top 10 institutions from Saudi Arabia

Institution AC FC
1. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) 246 105.47
2. King Abdulaziz University (KAU) 131 10.95
3. King Saud University (KSU) 38 6.09
4. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) 10 3
5. King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) 27 2.90
6. KAUST-SABIC Collaboration 4 1.87
7. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) 10 1.81
8. Saudi Arabia Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (MNG-HA) 5 0.50
9. Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) 2 0.50
10. KACST-UC Berkeley Center of Excellence for Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Applications (CENCEA) 3 0.42

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