Thirty-two Malaysia’s most promising and influential university researchers at Malaysia Research Star Awards (MRSA) 2018 recently in Sepang.

Thirty-two Malaysian university researchers were given recognition as Malaysia’s most promising and influential researchers at the Malaysia Research Star Awards (MRSA) 2018 recently.

Out of the 32, six researchers were named by Clarivate Analytics as 2017’s Highly Cited Researchers for the high global impact in their respective fields of research based on their indexed research articles in Web of Science (WoS).

Two universities, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Petronas, were also recognised as recipients for publishing high-impact articles in the various fields most sought by researchers from around the world.

Education Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Mohd Gazali Abas, at the event, said high-impact research resulting from knowledge, creativity and innovation could serve as a solid foundation for the country’s development.

“This recognition provides great enthusiasm and respect for our nation’s university research. Not only our researchers are well-known, they have also contributed to the enhancement of regional and world-ranking universities through remarkable achievements,” he added.

The data used for MRSA 2018 is based on citation of research articles published in quality journals indexed in WoS by Clarivate Analytics and Scopus by Elsevier

Clarivate Analytics Australasia and Southeast Asia vice-president and head Jeroen Prinsen said: “We are honoured to collaborate with Malaysia’s Education Ministry for the fourth year running to recognise outstanding Malaysian researchers in their pursuit of scientific discovery and advancement of global science.

“We strongly support the research and development efforts of Malaysia’s research and business community, and we will continue to work closely with the ministry and Malaysian organisations to help build the foundation for world-class research, and promote academia-industry research collaboration to drive innovation in support of Malaysia’s economic growth.”

Based on the Scopus database by Elsevier, Malaysia’s research result has increased from 8,199 articles in 2008 to 32,419 articles lasat year. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 16.5 per cent per annum, compared with 3.3 per cent in the world and 12.8 per cent for Asean.

Up to September, 88 Malaysian journals have been indexed in the Scopus database and 73 journals in WoS.