The Department of English and Humanities at ULAB organized a workshop titled “Strategies for Publication in Indexed Journals” on August 19, 2021 for faculty members’ professional development. The workshop facilitator was Mohammad Mosiur Rahman, PhD Fellow at the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Mr. Rahman’s areas of specialization include macro-level language policy, curriculum development and implementation to micro- level classroom language teaching. He has published more than 30 journal articles, indexed on the Web of Science and SCOPUS databases.
At the workshop, Mosiur shared his vast experience to suggest strategies to get published in indexed journals. He also addressed challenges that authors face during the process of publication. The speaker specifically introduced the participants to basic publication strategies, such as familiarizing themselves with the SCOPUS and Web of Science databases, describing the importance of publishing in indexed journals, finding and selecting journals for publication using the SCOPUS database, how journals depend on METRICS, the major causes of rejection, the reliability of journals, tips for publishing in SCOPUS indexed journals, and navigating rejections during the peer review process. He also mentioned the influence of SCOPUS journals in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and China while emphasizing that universities should focus on “creating knowledge.” He acknowledged that many faculty members are struggling to recognize the indexed journals and provided valuable guidelines on writing a research article. He mentioned the categories of publication for science and generic sections, provided review materials, and showed examples. He encouraged the faculty members to carry on with their publications despite all the challenges.
The event was inaugurated with the opening remarks of Ms. Arifa Ghani Rahman, Head of the Department, where she noted the importance of research and the pitfalls of the publication process. She also wrapped up the event with a vote of thanks to the speaker and the audience, which comprised faculty members from all departments of ULAB.