(supplements the "UL Guidelines for Scientific Publication and Publishing", approved by the Senate of the University of Latvia on 09.01.2017 by Decision No. 68)


In the UL Council of the Faculty of Computing


Minutes No. 


1. To whom does it apply?  

To all employees and students of the Faculty of Computing.

2. General considerations

The mission of universities is to acquire, accumulate and disseminate knowledge as widely as possible.

The result of scientific work is usually a publication in a scientific journal (or patent).

The Faculty of Computing supports the publications of the faculty employees and students.

3. Choice of place of publication

It is recommended to choose a publisher of the highest possible level (collection of articles from conference, journal):

a) publishers with the highest possible impact factor – the first (Q1) or second (Q2) quartile (usually available on the publisher’s portal, see for example Information and Computation);

b) publishers indexed in SCOPUS and/or Thomson Reuters Web of Science (preferably both), such as the Baltic Journal of Modern Computing, published jointly by the University of Latvia, Vilnius University, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies and Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Latvia;

c) or conference articles with an international programme committee relevant to the prestigious thematic area.

4. Impact factors

When comparing impact factors for journals from different science sectors or different sub-sectors of Computer Science, it is recommended to use a normalised impact factor that takes into account differences in citation frequency across different sectors/sub-sectors, for example Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) used by SCOPUS.

5. Publications with a questionable reputation

It is advisable to avoid publications whose reputation is seriously questioned. For example, you should be very careful about the publications included in the Beall's List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.

6. Open Access priority

Open Access publications are preferred because they do not restrict the dissemination of information. In many cases, this may mean that the publishing media is required to pay a page fee. This fee must be timely planned in the project or FC budget expenditure.

7. Co-authorship

In the rankings of universities, additional points are given by publications, the co-authors of which are researchers from other countries and representatives of the national economy.

Where justified, doctoral students and young researchers should be given first author status.

8. Spelling of the author's name and surname

The author must choose the spelling of his/her name and surname.

If the technical possibilities of the publishing media allow it, it is desirable to write using diacritics (for example, Jānis Bērziņš). If it is not possible, the diacritical letters should be replaced by the corresponding "basic letters" (e.g. Janis Berzins).

9. How to show the author's affiliation to UL

Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia

Latvijas Universitātes Datorikas fakultāte

The author may indicate membership in several institutions.

For example:

Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia, and Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Latvia

10. How do I show affiliation to a project?

Unless otherwise provided in the terms of the publisher, the Acknowledgments section of the article may contain, for example:

This work has been [partially] supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project No. 201X/0020/2DP/ APIA/VIAA/000 at the Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia;

or (if there is no other project or external institution restriction):

This work has been [partially] supported by the University of Latvia project AAP2016/B032 "Innovative information technologies".

11. Preprints

In order to protect the priority of the results presented in the article as soon as possible and to facilitate their dissemination, the material prepared for publication should be placed in the UL e-resource repository (UL Dspace), ResearchGate and/or arxiv.org prior to submission.

This should not be done if the intended publisher expressly prohibits it (such as the Association for Computing Machinery or ACM).

At the beginning of the article in the repository, you can indicate to which journal/conference it was submitted. It is recommended that the headings of the article inserted in the repository and submitted for a publisher differ. For example, by inserting "(preprint)" into the heading of a repository article.

12. Registration of a publication in LUIS

According to the Procedure for the classification of publications and evaluation of the level of scientific significance (approved by UL Order No. 1/278 of 09.10.2013)


Since the person’s name and surname are not sufficiently reliable personal identifiers, some journals require authors to show their ORCID (a researcher’s unique digital identifier). It can be obtained here: orcid.org.

Detailed information:


Ten things you need to know about ORCID right now

A similar option is offered by http://www.isni.org. SCOPUS also assigns its researcher identifiers. But getting an ORCID is recommended in any case.

14. DOI


Some publishers assign unique global identifiers (DOIs) to published articles that can be used as additional information in bibliographies and publications. Google can easily find articles by a DOI.

ResearchGate also allows you to obtain the DOI for unpublished works (preprints, etc.).