In line with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Strategic Plan for Research 2009-2013, strategy 6 (p.3) in particular to raise research profile, SQU in partnership with The Research Council (TRC) would like to encourage and promote the publication output of faculty, staff and students in international journals by offering financial awards. These awards will complement the recently introduced Best Researcher awards and Best Paper awards in SQU journals to a broader community of SQU researchers. This initiative aims to encourage higher standards of research publications and thus promote SQU as a reputed international research institution. The proposed system of financial incentives to SQU researchers for publishing in highly reputed international journals will positively influence research productivity, visibility, impact and quality. SQU also envisages the following potential benefits:
1- Recognition, distinction and encouragement of active researchers and research groups.
2- Attraction/retention of world-class researchers.
3- Boosting the morale of researchers and cultivating the research culture.
4- Enhancing international research collaboration between resident researchers and leading academic institutions in the world.
5- Elucidation and formulation of transparent research-related metrics.