Research and Publication Rewards



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
2. Scopus

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.  

Research Grants

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:

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must have published his/her article/book/patent during employment/affiliation at ULAB.

  • The same scholarly work/publication cannot be submitted more than once. Articles/ books are catalogued as “forthcoming” will not be eligible for reward.

  • Journal articles should be indexed in one or more of the following databases:

    • Web of science (WoS),

    • Scopus

  • A Book and “Article type” which is either “full paper”, or “review” or “note” publications are considered for rewards. Publications under “Letters to the Editor”, “Editorial”, “Case-study report”, Communicates, etc. are not qualified for rewards.

Reward Distribution

Single Author

author 100%


first author and/or corresponding author 60%
second author 40%


first author and/or corresponding author 50%
second author 30%
third author 20%


first author and/or corresponding author 40%
second author 30%
third author 20%
fourth author 10%


first author and/or corresponding author 35%
second author 25%
evenly distributed among rest 40%

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.

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