Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Saffanah Abdelkader Zedan

Assistant Professor Libraries and information

Deanship of Library Affairs, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, Dammam, P. O. Box 1982, 31441, Saudi Arabia,,


International publishing of researchers’ intellectual production has become one of the most eminent indicators for ranking universities. This is because the number of research studies published in international journals reflects the extent of a university’s progress in world university rankings and its interest in the scientific research as an indispensable element. This study aims to uncover the causes of the low international scientific publishing ratios in scientific journals indexed in international databases among faculty members in social sciences majors at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, and to identify faculty members’ preferred methods in acquiring the international publishing culture through a field study conducted during the academic year 2020/2021 AD. The researcher used the descriptive approach to study phenomenon in question. The research instrument was correctly answered by 119 members from two faculties, Arts and Education, representing 27% of the study’s target population. The results of the study revealed a set of causes behind the decline in the rates of international scientific publishing among faculty members in social sciences majors, most notably: the prolonged length of time required for the peer review procedures with a response rate of (89.9%), non-adoption of Arabic as a recognized language for publishing in international indexed journals with a response rate of (82.4%), besides other causes. In light of these results, the researcher presented a number of recommendations and suggestions that would benefit the officials at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University who support scientific research and international publishing.