Elsevier Announces the Winners of Qatar University Scientists 2015 Scopus Awards

Doha, April 27, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and Qatar University Research Officehave announced the winners of the Qatar University Scientists 2015 Scopus Awards.

The awards ceremony, held last week at Qatar University, Doha, was attended by more than 40 guests representing Qatar’s top scientific community. The Scopus awards were presented by Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, President of Qatar University. In addition special consideration was also given to Qatar University Research Office during the ceremony in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Qatar research community.

The Scopus awards program honors young researchers who are building their careers in academic research and helps them gain recognition of their work. The Qatar University Scientists 2015 Scopus Awards ceremony was the first Scopus Award ceremony in the Gulf region.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Director of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), said, “I am extremely pleased to see Qatar University’s researchers are being awarded for their research output. It is also impressive that, based on the presented data we see a sharp rise in Qatar University’s research output quantity since 2007 and that is a clear reflection of QNRF’s strategy for funding research”.

Elsevier provided quantitative analyses using data from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature; while subject experts from Qatar University focused on qualitative analyses.

Other criteria taken into account were:

  • Nature and uniqueness of research;
  • Outcomes of research;
  • International collaboration;
  • M Index;
  • Cited/Uncited publications.

Per discipline, the 2015 Qatar University Scopus award winners are:

Social Sciences
Dr. Abdullah Kaid Al-Swidi
Department of Management & Marketing

Dr. Ahmed M. Megreya
Department of Psychological Sciences

Natural Sciences
Dr. Mert Atilhan
Department of Chemical Engineering

Medical and Health Sciences
Dr. Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim
College of Pharmacy

Engineering and Technology
Dr. Mohsen Guizani
Department of Computer Engineering

Presenting the awards at the ceremony, Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad said, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Elsevier for their initiative and for choosing Qatar University as the first university in the Middle East Region to receive the Scopus awards. I would also like to congratulate the winning researchers and the Research Office for their achievements. The awards bear testimony to the outstanding level of work and the significant contributions these researchers have been making in their respective fields. This has been an excellent opportunity to recognize the talent, knowledge and expertise of researchers at Qatar University and we look forward to making this award program a recurring and long-lasting tradition here at Qatar University.”

Charles Pallandt, Vice President International Markets at Elsevier, commented, “On behalf of Elsevier, I would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2015 Qatar University Scientists Scopus Awards and thank Qatar University for their ongoing commitment and contribution to the world of science. At Elsevier we are honored to support the award recipients, Qatar University and other stakeholders across the Qatar scientific community with our high-quality content and cutting-edge digital solutions. We look forward to continued collaboration for many years to come.”


About Qatar University Research Office
Qatar University Research Office has been established in 2007, the Office of Academic Research at Qatar University reports directly to the Office of the Vice President for Research. Since founded, the OAR has served as a vital source to faculty regarding the preparation and submission of proposals, sources and opportunities of funding, review of budgets, compliance with University and sponsor policies and procedures and promoting technology throughout the University. OAR reviews, negotiates, and executes all basic research. OAR serves as the institutional liaison with external agencies and organizations on all research administration and contract matters.

About Qatar National Research Fund
Qatar Foundation established Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in 2006 as part of its ongoing commitment to establish Qatar as a knowledge-based economy. Qatar Foundation views research as essential to national and regional growth; as the means to diversify the nation’s economy, enhance educational offerings and develop areas that affect the community, such as health and environment. Qatar National Research Fund aims to foster original, competitively selected research in engineering and technology, physical and life sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences and the arts. In addition to funding, Qatar National Research Fund aims to encourage dialogue and partnerships.

About Scopus
is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its comprehensive database contains 55+ million items indexed from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software. Scopus is part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio which includes the SciVal tools, the Pure system, rich data assets and custom Analytical Services.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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