Ethiopian-affiliated Research in Scopus and Web of Science: A Bibliometric Mapping

Keywords: Research, publication, bibliometrics, scientometrics, Web of Science, Scopus, Ethiopia


This paper explores the research landscape in Ethiopia using 20-year data drawn from Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) databases. The focus was to assess yearly research productivity, key research areas, journals in which researchers publish, collaborating countries, languages used to publish papers, and major agencies that fund research. The findings indicate that research productivity has been increasing over the past decades, with biomedical research dominating much of the output. Addis Ababa, Gondar, Jimma, Mekelle, and Bahir Dar universities were identified as the institutions with a relatively higher level of research productivity than the other universities in the country. The top five collaborating countries for Ethiopian researchers were found to be the US, UK, India, Germany, and South Africa. The dominant language of research was English. However, since the country has a strong tradition of producing knowledge in local languages, this finding indicates the need to incorporate research published in African languages in journals and databases.

Author Biographies

Addisalem Tebikew Yallew, University of the Western Cape
A PhD candidate in Higher Education Studies at Faculty of Education, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Asrat Dereb, Bahir Dar University
A joint PhD program candidate in Higher Education Leadership and Management at faculty of Administrative Science, Tampere University, Finland, and Department of Educational Planning and Management, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
How to Cite
Yallew, A., & Dereb, A. (2022). Ethiopian-affiliated Research in Scopus and Web of Science: A Bibliometric Mapping. Bahir Dar Journal of Education, 21(2), 22-46. Retrieved from