Publishing Research Papers

The University of Zakho encourages and supports its community for performing scientific research and publishing in highly qualified scientific journals, especially the ones listed in Thomson Reuters. For that purpose, this page lists the needed guidance and regulations.
  • Regulations of Publishing Papers
  • Accepted Indices and UoZ Data Sets
  • Fake Journals and Conferences
  • Research Publication Guidelines

Regulations of Publishing Research Papers

To have an overview of the financial rewards with publication fees, we request you to access the following link using your university email account. It is a university order that issued and approved by University Council.

Regulations & Official Orders                             

 فەرمان وڕێنمایێن فەرمی
This section includes all official orders that announced and received by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific research – KRG. Moreover, it includes all University official orders that published by the office of Vice President for Scientific & Postgraduate Affairs. This page can be accessed only for members of the University of Zakho.

Requirements for participating in any Inter/national Conferences

To have a good scientific contribution and in order to get permission to participate in the conference, kindly get prepared based on the stated regulation bellow:
  • The application should reach to Vice President for Scientific and Postgraduate Affairs office a month prior the conference date. It must include the following documents:
    1. Acceptance/invitation letter (oral presentation) from the conference;
    2. Approval document by department’s scientific committee with head of the department;
    3. Approval document by Dean of the faculty/College;
    4. Attach a copy of the approved article;
    5. The accurate title of the conference including the link of the conference;
    6. The date and place of the conference;
    7. The relevance and scientific / technological importance of organizing the conference;
    8. Clarify the program and subjects of the conference.

List of Fake and Predatory Journals and Conferences 

  • Do not publish in any of the journals listed in the Predatory Journals List, applicable since Feb. 1, 2019 (Click here).
  • Do not publish in any of the journals listed in the Hijacked Journals List, applicable since Feb. 1, 2019 (Click here).

Research Publication Guidelines 

The “research publications” is defined as books, book chapters, journal articles and/or conference publications which are the result of research activity. Research publications follow three golden rules and fall into three main categories.

The golden rules are:

1.    First past the post: The winner is the first to publish in an outlet appropriate to the field.

2.    Peer review: If it’s not peer-reviewed, it’s not worth anything.

3.    Prestige determines acceptance rate: The prestige of the outlet where the publication appears will determine your chances of getting in. Prestigious outlets get to reject many submissions (sometimes over 90%), thus maintaining their exclusivity.

Researchers Must Avoid Plagiarism

Journal vs Conference

The main categories of publication are, in order of prestige:

1.    Journal paper: For extended works, intended to report completed work and form a serious addition to the record of knowledge in a field. Journal papers can take months or even years to write.

2.    Conference paper: Shorter than journal papers; reports work where the results have reached a stage where confidence is high that they are correct. May be a prelude to a follow-up journal publication. Usually accompanied by an oral presentation during the conference. A conference paper can usually be written in a few days or weeks.

3.    Conference/workshop poster: Literally, a large single sheet of paper on a wall. The presenter stands in front of the poster during a set time window during the conference and explains it to passers-by. Often used to report late-breaking results, or work where the results are tentative or not yet available. A poster can often be put together very quickly from existing material. The poster itself will not form a part of the permanent record – only the title and abstract are recorded.

Select Appropriate Journal for Your Paper
  1. Elsevier Journal Finder
    If you would like to publish your paper in one of the journal that belong to Elsevier publisher, the Elsevier Journal Finder would consider a good start. It helps you find journals that could be best suited for publishing your scientific article. Adding to that you also have to consult the journal’s Aims and Scope for further guidance. Elsevier Journal Finder uses smart search technology and field-of-research specific vocabularies to match your article to Elsevier journals. Explore it.

  2. Journal Suggester
    This is another service provided by Springer publisher. It suggest a suitable journal for your articles. The Springer’s journal matching technology finds relevant journals based on your manuscript details. Journalsuggester Link.

  3. EndNote Web
    Thomson Reuters (TR) journals are the most prestige journal. To find a suitable TR journal that fits your article using a search engine technique, use My EndNote Web optionEndNote Web is an online service that allows you to store, share and organize your citations so that you can access them from any computer. First create an account at My EndNote Web (Figure 1). After creating your account, sign in and you will have your own page at EndNote (Figure 2). Researcher can get several benefit from EndNote portal; however, here we focus on one option which is Match tab (Figure 3).

    Further Help: Creating EndNote account