The Islamic Republic of Iran has ranked 17th in terms of science productions in medicine in the world, according to the latest statistics released by several international scientific centers. According to the statistics, Iran produced over 39,000 articles in 2013, which gained the country the world’s 17th rank in science production and fixed its top position in the region, above Turkey. The promotion is mainly due to the achievements at the two areas of medical researches and medical technology of Iran’s Pasteur Institute. Iran’s scientific progress was the result of the country’s recent policies and programs to develop knowledge and facilitate researchers' access to the world’s top academic resources. Assessing and promoting research centers and universities of medical sciences as well as launching some 50 new research centers were among the activities that have paved the way for the country’s science improvement, according to the report of the Iranian Health Ministry's Center. In 2000, the Islamic Republic ranked 53rd in the world in terms of highly cited medical articles, but improved to the 23rd rank in 2011. According to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Iranian researchers and scientists published a total of 60,979 scientific articles in major international journals from 1999 to 2008. Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology in recent years despite US sanctions. Iran’s 2009 growth rate in science and technology was highest globally, being 11 times faster than the world’s average rate.