Research and Publication Rewards


ULAB strongly encourages its faculty members and researchers to publish their research work in well-reputed and globally recognized/indexed journals as it is the only way to increase the visibility and credibility of the research as well as the institution in the scholarly community. Hence, ULAB recognizes and thereby encourages faculty members to publish in journals that are indexed with the following databases:
1. Web of Science (WoS/ ISI)
2. Scopus
Although these are not the only credible databases for journal indexing, they are more reputable. 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.
Unfortunately, most of the local publishers and journals are not indexed with these databases. Therefore, ULAB’s OFR will form a Publications Validation Committee to determine the merit of local publishers/journals and some international publishers/journals that are not indexed for some reason, but credible on a certain level.

Research Grants

ULAB highly appreciates the efforts of its faculty members 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 members to seek research grants. ULAB Faculty Research Grant will also be a parameter in assessing the quality of a researcher.


The only recognized way to understand the impact of any publication is citations. The number of citations, however, can vary greatly 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.


A Patent is another very prestigious achievement by a researcher and institution. A patent claimed by a researcher under ULAB would qualify for a reward under this scheme.

The following pages describe further details on this:


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must have published the article/book/patent during employment at/affiliation with ULAB.
  • The same scholarly work/publication cannot be submitted more than once. Articles/ books catalogued as “forthcoming” will not be eligible for a reward.
  • Journal articles should be indexed in one or more of the following databases:
    • Web of Science (WoS)/ ISI,
    • Scopus
  • A Book and “Article type” which is either “full paper”, or “review” or “note” publications are considered for rewards. Publications such as “Letters to the Editor”, “Editorial”, “Case-study report”, Communiqués, etc. do not qualify for rewards.


Reward Distribution

Single Author

first author and/or corresponding author 100%


Two Authors

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


Three Authors

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


Four Authors

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


Five Authors

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


Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is the benefit of publishing in an indexed journal?

    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.

  • What are the criteria of a predatory journal/publisher?

    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.

  • What happens when I publish with a predatory 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.

  • Are all non-indexed journals/publishers predatory?

    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.

  • Can I apply for my publications of the previous year(s)?

    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.