Frequently Asked Questions

It makes your scholarly work more visible in the academic sphere. At the same time, it also makes your institute more visible. Indexed publication is one of the very important parameters for ranking and accreditation bodies to determine the standing of your university/department.

Jefrey Beall has listed number of predatory journals/publishers which can be found at . However, the list has not been updated regularly. Based on that, Beall has developed some general criteria of predatory journals/publishers which can judiciously be applied in order to judge a potentially predatory journal. Please contact OFR if you are still unsure about the status of any journal/publisher.

Predatory (often online) journals are never circulated in the academic arena and are never consulted/cited by the scholarly community. Therefore, publishing your article in a predatory journal is almost equal to throwing it into a recycle bin. It does not help you or your institution.

No. Firstly, local journals are mostly non-indexed, but they are not predatory. Newly founded publisher or journal would be non-indexed, as the indexing process requires minimum two years of continuation of the journal/publisher to become eligible for applying for the index. In exceptional cases, a few journals/publishers, for various reasons, deliberately stay out of the indexing procedure despite being very credible.

    For journals indexed with Web of Science, please go to

    For journals indexed with Scopus, please check via

    For publishers listed with Clarivate, please check via

Alternatively, for journals and conferences, you can also check via the journal or conference’s website. It has typically been mentioned by the journal in its homepage (Homepage>Abstracting/Indexing).

You may. As a matter of fact, Scopus is a widely accommodating index. It means, if any other reputed index database has listed your journal/publisher, Scopus would have no reason to outcast it. However, if you find your reputed journal/publisher has not been indexed with Scopus of WoS, but with others, you still can apply. OFR has a Publications Validation Committee to decide on this.

Yes, as long as your ULAB affiliation is mentioned in the publication. Please check our co-author policy.

No, in order to claim reward against any publication, applicant needs to be affiliated with ULAB on that published article.

No. The budgetary provision for the reward for publications is only for the current year. For each year, OFR pronounces a deadline for the submission of your research and publications claim. Please check the OFR website and your faculty email.

No. You can only claim the fee (up to the ULAB recommended ceiling) after the publication.