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.
2 July 2020
A colossal sea beast and a swampy rainforest at the South Pole feature in some of the stand-out papers from April.
17 April 2020
Good research practices begin in the classroom.
3 December 2019
The highest ranked institution is just 10 years old.
1 November 2019
Making their mark.
19 July 2019
Australia shines; the US, not so much.
24 March 2019
Catherine Armitage, David McNeill & Smriti Mallapaty
Six scientists whose transformative work reaches across borders.
26 September 2018
Gemma Conroy et al.
These institutions have made great strides over the past three years in their production of high-quality research.
3 July 2018
Two years since the Institutions of Eminence project was announced, none have been selected.
20 May 2018
The small university stands out for its citation impact relative to its size.
21 February 2018
Dalmeet Singh Chawla
Tool that tallies engagement with new biomedical concepts seeks to reward novelty.
8 December 2017
6 October 2016
Does pouring money into research always translate into better outcomes?
3 August 2016
Mark Zastrow, James Mitchell Crow
Chemistry research was a significant driver of the performance for several institutions.
13 July 2016
Collaborating close to home means solving mutual problems and forging regional networks.
6 June 2016
International collaboration is yielding major breakthroughs and an increase in quality output.
18 May 2016
In a troubled region, Saudi Arabia is capitalizing on its relative stability and resource wealth.
10 May 2016
Strong connections with global scientific heavy-hitters and meaningful regional and domestic collaborations have thrust Saudi Arabia into a leading position in the Arab world.
28 April 2016
Saudi Arabia has a bold plan to diversify from its oil industry to create a knowledge economy.
1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Saudi Arabia published between 1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020 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.
Outputs by subject (FC)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||59||21.34|
1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020
View the connected world of international research collaboration. Visualize collaborations by subject or region.
Percentage of collaboration by Share
Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 collaborators by Share
- Saudi Arabia
Collaboration is determined by the combined fractional count (Share) of Saudi Arabia and the collaborating country.
Top 10 institutions from Saudi Arabia
|1.||King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)||273||113.04|
|2.||King Abdulaziz University (KAU)||76||7.60|
|3.||King Saud University (KSU)||36||4.44|
|4.||King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)||7||3.96|
|5.||King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC)||19||3.32|
|7.||King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)||33||2.20|
|8.||Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)||5||1.54|
|9.||KACST-UC Berkeley Center of Excellence for Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Applications (CENCEA)||7||1.06|
Numerical information only is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.