Publication Guidelines

For articles published in academic journals, the following criteria need to apply for the submission to be accepted:

1. The journal must be indexed in Scopus and ranked by Scimago.

  • If the journal is not indexed in Scopus, it should be checked in the Clarivate Analytics database; if it is indexed there, it would be accepted.
  • If the journal is an open-access journal which is not listed in the above-mentioned databases, it should be checked in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and shuould have the DOAJ seal of approval.

2. If the journal is otherwise not indexed in Scopus or Clarivate Analytics, the following criteria should be collectively met in order for the publication to be accepted (this applies to journals that are not available in the Scopus or Clarivate Analytics databases):

  • The journal must be a scholarly journal and it should be issued periodically.
  • The articles in the journal must be peer-reviewed in full.
  • The journal in which the article appears must have an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN).
  • The journal should have a website clarifying all information about the journal.

3. Journals issued in the Arabic language should also meet the following criteria to be accepted:

  • The journal must be a scholarly journal and it should be issued periodically.
  • The journal in which the article appears must have an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN).
  • The journal should have a code of ethics and the guidelines followed to maintain intellectual property.
  • The articles in the journal must be peer-reviewed in full.

Conferences are to be judged based on the following criteria; for a conference proceeding to be accepted, the conference should meet the first criterion with at least one more of the remaining criteria:

  1. The conference must have proceedings that are publicly available, peer-reviewed in full, and include full papers not only abstracts.
  2. The conference could be a national or international conference.
  3. The conference should be indexed in a reputable database.
  4. The conference should have renowned sponsoring bodies.

For a book to be accepted and added to BAU’s research database, the publication must meet the following criteria:

  • The book must have been published by a recognized publisher.
  • The book must be a major work of scholarship.
  • The book must have been an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

For a book chapter to be accepted and added to BAU’s research database, the publication must meet the following criteria:

  • The chapter must be within a book that has been published by a recognized publisher.
  • The chapter must be within a book that has an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
  • The chapter must be within a book where the authors of each chapter are identified within the work.