A Bibliometric Analysis of Publications of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


  • Abdul Hakim Md Yusop Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Teong Han Chew Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Fadzlin Md Sairan Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Hadi Nur Universiti Teknologi Malaysia




bibliometric, Scopus publication, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, research university


This study analyses the scholarly publications of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in conjunction with 50 years of UTM establishment. A bibliometric analysis is performed to analyse the UTM’s publication and research trends over the 50 years, especially during the post-research university (RU) period, publications impacts, subject area expertise and publications performance in comparison to other RU. Based on the analysis, engineering and computer science are the most prominent fields among the research fields in UTM in terms of a number of publications and citations thus far. Among the top 10 fields in UTM, materials science, chemical engineering, energy and chemistry areas are seen to have a high potential to further excel in citation provided that the publication numbers of these fields are further increased. The publications output for some UTM fields can still be considered low despite having a reasonable number of authors and talents. UTM is the top university in the number of publications from 2015 till 2020 in four fields, namely engineering, computer science, materials science, and chemical engineering, compared to other RU.

Author Biographies

Abdul Hakim Md Yusop, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Abdul Hakim Md Yusop graduated with Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He has been involved in materials science and engineering fields since 2011 and his recent research focuses on the development of bone scaffolds made of biodegradable metals, particularly iron-based materials. Currently, he serves as a post-doctoral fellow at Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Teong Han Chew, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Teong Han Chew is a research officer with over 10-year experience in research project management and data analytics with the current interest in task automation. Competent in Python programming and KNIME analytics platform. Currently overseeing the research-related performance of the entire university and assisting in research & innovation strategies management and performance tracking.

Fadzlin Md Sairan, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Fadzlin Md Sairan is currently a Senior Research Officer at Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru. Previously she worked as a research officer at the Institute of Environmental and Water Resource Management, UTM Johor Bahru (2001-2008) and has conducted several research and consultancy projects, funded by various agencies, including a grant from European Commission on water sustainability.

Hadi Nur, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Hadi Nur is a Professor and Institute Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (ISI-SIR), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and a Professor at Universitas Negeri Malang (UM), Indonesia.


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