About Academic Publishing Board

The Academic Publishing Board oversees the university’s academic publishing affairs that cover all kinds of publications such as books, translated and documented manuscripts, articles, and findings of research submitted to journals in both Arabic and English and possibly in a print or electronic form. However, the Board does not handle electronic publications whether they are online or in the form of CD/DVD, as they are not considered as academic.

The Academic Publishing Board reviews and proposes policies and procedures of academic publishing of books and responsibilities of the authors, translators, and editors. It also defines the rules of publishing journals, responsibilities of the editorial board members, and license procedures for cultural and informative bulletins and journals.

Achieving the objectives as delineated in the law of the university, academic publishing aims to contribute to the promotion of social progress through authorship, research and scientific achievements, seek solutions to existing problems, and disseminate research results for the benefit of the Omani society, in particular, and mankind as a whole. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the academic publishing at the university seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Enriching scientific, cultural and informative knowledge in all areas that the university promotes within its academic disciplines;
  • Transferring, accommodating, and developing modern information technology so as to meet local Omani demands and thereby contributing to the comprehensive development in the Sultanate;
  • Conserving, investigating, and studying Omani, Arab, and world heritage and making it available for humanities researchers;
  • Enhancing skills in the areas of research, translation, and authorship by stimulating authors and scholars through facilitating the publication of their works so as to enjoy their benefits;
  • Increasing specialized knowledge in the service of society in a way that would consolidate the role the university plays in the society;
  • Documenting academic and human production with a view to encouraging faculty members and their equivalent to produce original and creative research, write and translate books, and draw up scientific reports;
  • Encouraging authorship, translation, and scientific investigation being effective channels for scientific communication;
  • Collaborating with local and foreign publishing companies and organizations through exchanging relevant expertise and skills;
  • Communicating the university’s research achievements to the scientific circles, both inside and outside the Sultanate, as well as fostering scientific relationships with other universities;
  • Participating in electronic publishing.

The Academic Publishing Board oversees the university’s academic publishing affairs. Specifically, the Board can:

  • Propose academic publishing policies and implement them after approval;
  • Suggest the rules and procedures of academic publishing and review their application after approval;
  • Recommend, for publication, journals, compiled, edited and translated books, and research papers and studies upon approval of referees;
  • Consider applications for launching academic journals and provide pertinent advice;
  • Approve membership in journals’ advisory boards;
  • Open up effective communication channels with public and private organizations, bookshops, publishers, distribution agencies locally and globally;
  • Urge the university faculty members, their equivalent, and others to publish the findings of their research and academic books;
  • Bring forward suggestions on estimated payment rates for authors and referees and the number of copies authors may receive of their publications, and remit them to the Vice-Chancellor for approval;
  • Encourage consultancy studies as well as authorship;
  • Present an annual report to the Vice-Chancellor on the academic publishing at the university;
  • Consider any other matters which are remitted to them.

Books and translations

  • The author should submit a request and three hard copies and one electronic copy of the manuscript to be considered for publication to the dean of college or director of center through the head of department or unit.
  • The dean of college or director of center remits the request with the copies of the manuscript to the director of Department of Academic Publishing and Outreach.
  • The Academic Publishing Board forms an ad hoc committee of specialists to examine the content of the manuscript and submit reports.
  • Upon the committee’s recommendation, the Board will inform the author of any suggested changes that should be addressed before submitting a modified final copy of the manuscript to the Board.
  • The manuscript is sent to the university press for printing after obtaining the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s approval. However, if printing proves not possible for reasons that have to do with technical matters, time constraints, or backlogs of requests, the printing may be done by a press outside the university.

Academic Journals

  • The author should submit the research paper to the concerned journal’s editor-in-chief. Should there be more than one collaborator on the authorship, the principal author, or one selected by the team, will submit the work.
  • The paper will be published according to the style sheet and publishing guidelines set by every journal.
  • The journal will be sent to the press for publishing after the approval of the chairman of the Board.

Informative and Cultural Publications

  • The unit should submit a request with three copies of the manuscript to be published (reports, posters, flyers, brochures, booklets, etc.) to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor who is in charge of the unit, with due regard to the hierarchy of authority when submitting the request.
  • The manuscript is sent to the university press for printing after the approval of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor who is in charge of the unit.

  1. The author or originator of a manuscript will be granted a number of copies of the publication and be paid remuneration pursuant to the rules in this regard after the manuscript has been produced in its final printed form.
  2. The author shall adhere to the following:

  • Preparing the academic material in accordance with academic conventions and with due regard to principles of research, and norms governing academic documentation;
  • Submitting three hard copies and one electronic copy of the academic material after being proofread;
  • For translated manuscripts, the translator shall be responsible for seeking translation rights from their holder, whether it be the publisher or author;
  • Carrying out the revisions and corrections recommended by referees or the Academic Publishing Board;
  • Responding to enquiries from referees and the Academic Publishing Board;
  • Refraining from introducing any basic changes to the manuscript, which has already been accepted for publishing, without approval by the Academic Publishing Board;
  • Reviewing the galley proofs within a time period set by the press;
  • Recognizing the publishing rights of the university for the first three years after the publication has been finalized.

  1. Intellectual property rights will devolve upon the university as to all publications it publishes. The author can only re-publish the publication three years after it has been published by the university. The university may re-publish the publication upon the approval by the author or originator of the manuscript and in pursuance of an agreement reached between the two parties.
  2. The revenues from sales of publications published by the university will devolve upon the university.
  3. The university is entitled to publish a manuscript through its concerned units or any other organization or publisher.
  4. The university undertakes the printing of a manuscript at its press or any other press house after the approval of the Vice-Chancellor or the person authorized by him.
  5. The university shall be committed to:​
  • Granting the author or originator of a manuscript the agreed number of copies of the publication in its final printed form;
  • Paying the author the remuneration agreed upon after the manuscript has been produced in its final printed form.