ULAB strongly encourages its faculty and researchers to publish their research works in well-reputed and globally recognized platforms. Publishing in the reputed and indexed platforms is the only way to increase the visibility and credibility of the research in the scholarly community. Furthermore, this would also increase the visibility of the institution in the academic world. Hence, ULAB recognizes and thereby encourages the faculty members to publish in journals those are indexed with the following databases:
1. Web of Science
However these two are not the only credible databases for journal indexing, but they are mostly recognized ones. Both databases recognize and include credible academic journals following a rigorous screening process. For books, book chapters and conference proceedings, reputed publishers are also indexed by certain databases. Of them, ULAB recognizes the Clarivate/Web of Science database for books and book chapters.
However, most of the local publishers and journals are not indexed with these databases. But ULAB does not grossly ignore these publications. OFR forms a Publications Validation Committee which will decide on the merit of local publishers/journals and some of the international publishers/journals who are not indexed for some reasons, but credible on a certain level.
ULAB also highly appreciates the efforts of its faculty in achieving research grants from national and international research grant providers. Grants bring money and prestige to the university, and lead to quality publications. Hence, the reward scheme encourages ULAB faculty to seek research grants. Besides, ULAB Faculty Research Grant will also be a parameter to assess the capability of a researcher.
The only recognized way to understand the impact of any publications is how it has been used by other researchers. Citation is the way to measure this. Although, the number of citation can greatly vary among the disciplines, e.g., an article on health or engineering sciences would naturally have more citations than one from history or media studies. ULAB Reward Policy takes this into account and proposes a range to ensure a level playing field for measuring citations among the disciplines.
Patent is another very prestigious achievement by a researcher and institution. A patent claimed by a researcher under ULAB would certainly be rewarded considerably.
The following pages describe further details on this: