International University Ranking Bodies:

  1. Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics)

  2. Shanghai Ranking Consultancy

  3. SCIMAGO Institutions Ranking

  4. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings

  5. QS World University Rankings

  6. CWUR World University Rankings

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Important Links:

  1. Search Engine of Open Access Journal ISSN (Click here)

  2. Search Engine of non-Open Access Journal ISSN (Click here)

  3. Search Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) Master Journal List (Click here)

  4. List of Science Citation index Expanded journals 2019 (Click here)

  5. InCite Journal Citation Report (Thomson Reuters Impact Factor) - 2019 (Pls, check your University subscription)

  6. Journal/Conference titles indexed in Scopus: Search engine

  7. Journal titles indexed by/member of the Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ): Search engine

  8. Famous Publishers Listed by Web of Science (Click here)

  9. Highly prestigious international academic awards (Click here)

  10. ISBN Book Search Engine (Click here)

  11. WIPO - Patent Search Engine (Click here)

  12. Universities Google Citations Lists (Click here)

  13. Webometrics Universities Rank list, July 2021 (Click here)

  14. Top 10 Scientific Journals in your field (Click here)

  15. List of Predatory Publishers (Click here)

  16. List of Predatory Journals (Click here)

  17. List of Hijacked Journals (Click here)

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Guidelines to Hold a Scientific Conference

The NUR is highly supporting the Departments and Faculties at KRG-Universities to hold national and International Scientific Conferences. To assure a quality conference, better electronic presence and saving the rights of the University, the NUR is taking the attention of all who may concern at the University that holding a conference, national or international, should comply with the regulation of the Ministry of Higher Education (MHE) and NUR:


  • Holding a National Conference

  1. The conference should be under a clear title.

  2. The topics should be indicated.

  3. The conference should be under a series of known frequency, e.g., annual, every couple years, etc. Single frequency conference is not preferred.

  4. The conference should indicate, clearly, the Department or the Faculty that will be responsible for the conference, scientifically.

  5. The steering committee of the conference should apply via its department or Faculty. The Scientific Committee should approve the request and explain the capacity of the Department or the Faculty to hold that conference.

  6. It is the responsibility of the Conference steering committee to find the sponsors of their proposed conference.

  7. The conference should be announced, at least 6 months, before the date of the conference.

  8. The conference should apply/use a dedicated platform that shows the accepted papers, author names and affiliation, abstracts, full papers (PDF file), and the conference program.

  9. The platform should show, clearly, the scientific committee, steering committee, track editors.

  10. The conference can not be held without, at least, 10 accepted paper presentations.


  • Holding an International Conference

  1. The conference should be under a clear title.

  2. The topics should be assigned.

  3. The conference should be under a series of known frequency, e.g., annual, every couple years, etc. Single frequency conference is not preferred.

  4. The conference should indicate, clearly, the Department or the Faculty that will be responsible for the conference, scientifically.

  5. The steering committee of the conference should apply via its department or Faculty. The Scientific Committee should approve the request and explain the capacity of the Department or the Faculty to hold that conference.

  6. It is the responsibility of the Conference steering committee to find the sponsors of their proposed conference.

  7. The conference should be announced electronically, at least 6 months, before the date of the conference.

  8. The accepted papers should be presented via a dedicated platform. The platform should show all the conference committees, track editors, accepted papers, author names and affiliations, paper abstracts, the Full PDF files and the conference program.

  9. Each published paper should have a metadata page with a doi linked to.

  10. The dedicated platform may not show the full PDF files and there is no need for the DOI, if and only if the PDF files are deposited to digital libraries, e.g., IEEE Xplore, Springer, etc.

  11. The conference can not be held without, at least, 20 accepted paper presentations.

  12. At least, 10% of the accepted papers should be from outside Iraq.

  13. At least, 50% of the Scientific Committee members should be from outside Iraq.

  14. At least, 50% of the Keynote Speakers should be from outside Iraq.

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Guidelines to Hold a Scientific Workshop

The NUR is highly supporting the Departments and Faculties at KRG-Universities to hold national and International Scientific Workshops. To assure a quality conference, better electronic presence and saving the rights of the University, the NUR is taking the attention of all who may concern at the University that holding a workshop, national or international, should comply with the regulation of the Ministry of Higher Education (MHE) and NUR. The difference between a workshop and a conference is that workshops are generally smaller than conferences, and are usually only a day or two long, with no less than 2 hrs, and are dedicated to discussing a specific topic. The workshop is different than the Seminar . The Seminar depends on a presenter who presents his topic to audience, whereas, in the workshop there is a sort or lecturing, training and discussion, in addition to the presentation. The Workshop needs participants inputs, whereas, the Seminar does not. The Workshop is active, whereas, the Seminar is passive.


  • Holding a National Workshop

  1. The workshop should be under a clear title.

  2. The topics should be indicated.

  3. The workshop should indicate, clearly, the Department or the Faculty that will be responsible for the conference, scientifically.

  4. The workshop should be announced with a University/College decree, at least 1 month, before the date of the workshop.

  5. The workshop should be announced in the University website, indicating the title, number of participants, time, date, place, presenters/Instructors names and their affiliation, and attached photos.

  6. The workshop can not be held without, at least, 15 participants.


  • Holding an International Workshop

  1. The workshop should be under a clear title.

  2. The topics should be indicated.

  3. The workshop should indicate, clearly, the Department or the Faculty that will be responsible for the conference, scientifically.

  4. The workshop should be announced with a University/College decree, at least 3 months, before the date of the workshop.

  5. The workshop should be announced in the University website, indicating the title, number of participants, time, date, place, presenters/Instructors names and their affiliation, and attached photos.

  6. The workshop can not be held without, at least, 30 participants.

  7. 50% of the presenters/Instructors at the workshop should be from Universities or Organization outside Iraq.

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Important notes about how and where to publish

Do not

  1. Publish in any journal that does not provide a complete paper's metadata that includes the full authors' names and affiliation, i.e., Department, Faculty, University and Country, regardless the indexing.

  2. Publish in any of the journals that listed in the Predatory Journals menu.

  3. Publish in any of the journals that listed in the Hijacked Journals menu.

  4. Publish in any journal that has not indexing in SCOPUS (Q1, Q2 or Q3) or Clarivate Analytics (WoS).

  5. Publish in a indexed journal that provides a paper's DOI connected to the PDF file. The DOI should be connected to the metadata.

Do

  1. Publish in a journal provide a metadata that includes the full authors' names and affiliation, i.e., Department, Faculty, University and Country. The paper's DOI should be connected to the metadata.

  2. Publish in a journal that indexed by one, at least, of the following; SCOPUS (Q1, Q2 or Q3) or Clarivate Analytics (WoS).

  3. Publish in a journal that issued inside Kurdistan and approved by NUR-MHE with DOAJ membership.

Be careful

  1. The published paper to be considered by NUR, its authors' affiliation should include a University scientific department.

  2. NUR considers the SCOPUS-indexed journals with Q1, Q2 and Q3 quartiles, only.

  3. The journal indexing may be deactivated by the indexing bodies and organization. Thus NUR consider the list at the las minute before evaluation.

  4. The local journal with DOAJ indexing must provide DOI, Handles or ARK to its published papers.

  5. Only the first till the tenth authors of published papers are considered by NUR.

  6. NUR considers published papers for a University that affiliated as the first or second. Third or more affiliation is not considered.

  7. NUR considers published papers with more than two affiliations for the PhD and Post Doctorate authors who affiliate their abroad universities and their research center.

  8. NUR does not considers any published papers of authors of public universities who they have publication in more than one private university/institute affiliation. If so, all published papers of that author will be EXCLUDED.

  9. NUR does not consider any published paper that affiliated to a public or private university with incorrect spelling, e.g., Koya University is not University of Koya and Salahaddin University is not Salahaddin University-Erbil.

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Important notes about Google Scholar Citation

  1. The local authority of all GSC lists of the all Universities/Institutes in IKR is the MHE.

  2. The University/Institute is responsible for the quality of data that presented in the academic staff GSC lists.

  3. The GSC list should be for the staff-members (Milak), retired with no any other University affiliation.

  4. The affiliation in the GSC list of an academic is the home University, only.

  5. The unpaid leave teaching staff (I3ara) must not affiliate the GSC list to his home University, but the university he is working with during the leave.

Calendars - Sheet1.pdf

Publications weights

Academic-staff activities for highest University rank