HEC to start Capacity Building Programme for research journals & publications

Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan is going to start a series of online training sessions for capacity building of editors of national research journals, researchers, faculty and PhD students.

The objective is to enable the local researchers and editors to make the requirements of HEC’s accreditation standards to uplift the local research journals so that they can meet international standards.

Both local as well as international partners would be guiding the participants what are the essential ingredients for running a research journal as per international standards, how the journals can be indexed with internationally renowned indexing agencies/databases and the scheme of categorization of journals under HJRS. The salient features of the programme include: (1) to impart overall guidance about the publication process, editorial workflows, responsibilities of editorial offices, role of advisory boards and the process of selection of peer reviews using automated tools like Publons etc., and use of anti-plagiarism software like Turnitin and iThenticate etc. (2) To guide the editors on how to improve the performance of editorial offices/editorial workflows in ensuring that only best quality research papers are published in their journals. (3) To equip the editors with latest tools and techniques used globally to improve the international visibility and transparency of published research. (4) To give orientation on HEC journal recognition system and its parameters. (5) To give orientation regarding pre-requisites and procedures for getting the journals indexed with international indexing databases like Web of Science and Scopus, DOAJ etc. (6) To discuss on how to avoid unethical practices/publishing misconducts in scholarly communication and how to curb predatory practices on the part of authors, publishers and editors. (7) To guide them how to meet the requirements of International Anti-Predatory Agencies like “Committee on Publishing Ethics, COPE” and how to avoid enlistment in DOAJ removed list, Cabell’s Predatory Reports and Bealls list etc.

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