Publication ratio per academic in national peer-reviewed journals in Turkey stands at 0.28

In 2022, the ratio of publications per academic in national peer-reviewed journals in Turkey was 0.28. The number of books per student across the country's universities was 8.5, according to the Council of Higher Education’s (YÖK) latest report.

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The ratio of publications per academic published in national peer-reviewed journals in Turkey in 2022 was 0.28 while this ratio was only 0.19 in foundation universities, according to the latest university monitoring and evaluation report of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK).

While the aforementioned ratio was was even below 0.1 in 11 universities, the number of universities exceeding 0.5 was only six, according to the reporting of the daily BirGün.

The average number of publications per academic, considering scientific criteria in books and journals, was only 0.44 whereas six universities recorded figures even below 0.1.

The rate of citations received by academics also declined from 87 in 2018 to 73.1 in 2022.

The number of books per student in universities across the country decreased from 8.9 in 2021 to 8.5 in 2022. Accordingly, the ratio was below one in four universities, while the number was between one and four in 89 universities. The number of universities with 10 or more printed books per student was only 33.

According to the report, the rate of female staff in 131 universities remained below 50 percent. In 52 universities, this rate was even below 40 percent while the number of universities with more than 60 percent female staff was only nine.

According to the responses of the "business world's satisfaction with the qualifications of university graduates" surveyed for the first time this year, the satisfaction score of graduates from 135 universities was below 50.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, 208 higher education institutions were in operation in Turkey. Of these, 129 were public universities, 75 were foundation universities, and four were foundation vocational schools.

In the same period, a total of 8.2 million students, 4.4 million of them in open education and 3.8 million in formal education, was registered to official higher education institutions. Of these, 3.2 million studied at public universities and 670,000 at foundation universities.