Distinction Award Procedures
The Executive and Procedural Rules of Offering the Distinction Award
The regulations of offering the award to the faculty members, and persons of similar status, in Saudi universities:
As per the Ministers Board decree (259) on 1/9/1429 H, which states in its fifth paragraph of article (first) that a distinction award is to be offered to faculty members, and persons of similar status, which is (%10) of the basic salary to the first degree of the scale for the achiever of a local award, (%20) for a provincial award, (%30) for an international award, and (%40) for the achiever of a patent.
First: the award is calculated against the basic salary for the first degree of the scale as follows:
%10 for the achiever of a local award
%20 for the achiever of a provincial award
%30 for the achiever of an international award
%40 for the achiever of a patent
Second: the following condition should be met in order to offer the award of academic prizes:
- The award should be offered by a specialized institute or center.
- The offering party should be a party that adopts refereeing for the researches presented to compete for the award.
- The award should be included in the list of awards accredited by the NCAAA, or that the NCAAA agrees to enlist it.
Third: similar in status to the academic prize is the following:
Publishing individually or with partners in a reputable international journal in the field of specialization. The sum of the award correlates with the classification of the journal as illustrated in the table below:
Award classification according to the journal
Award of publishing in class A
%30 of basic salary for first degree of scale
Award of publishing in class B
%20 of basic salary for first degree of scale
Award of publishing in class C
%10 of basic salary for first degree of scale
The classification of the journals in the classes mentioned depends on the following:
- The classification of journals in all specializations except for sharia and Arabic Language: the distinguished academic journals are classified according to their Journal Impact Factor which is based on the adopted definition in the databases of the Institute of Scientific Information issued by Thomson Reuters institute. The journals of applied sciences are classified according to the database of the Science Citation Index Expanded. As for the journal in Human and Social Sciences, the classification is according to the database of Social Science Citation Index. Based on that, the journals are ordered in a descending order in every specialization according to the lists issued by the NCAAA. They are assigned three classes as follows:
Class A: includes the top %10 of journals in the field
Class B: includes the %10 of journal next to the ones in class A for the same field.
Class C: includes the rest of journals enlisted for the specialization in the databases mentioned in paragraph A of article (1) of Third above.
B. The classification of journals of Sharia and Arabic language:
Due to the special nature of these specializations and the scarcity of distinguished publishing means for them in languages other than Arabic, the journals of these specializations are classified under three classes according to the following:
- This class includes the journals that are included in the classification of (ISI), and appear in the lists issued by the NCAAA.
- This class includes the journals that meet the conditions of registration (indexation) that are illustrated in the lists issued by the NCAAA.
- This class includes the journals that meet the conditions of the NCAAA.
C. If the local journals are enlisted in the classification of (ISI), the full percentage of %30 is awarded to the papers published therein.
2. Obtaining a certificate or a document from a refereed journal in return for a distinguished academic work in the field of specialization, and that it meets the conditions in paragraph (1) of Third.
Fourth: the patent
It is the scientific, academic patent that a faculty member, and any person in similar status, obtains as an individual or with partners from an international party that is accredited in awarding patents. The patent is required to be registered in one of the following centers:
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Japan Patent Office
- European Patent Office
- King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
In order for the award to be offered for the patent, it should be the result of refereed research or a refereed research should have resulted from it. It should also meet the conditions of the NCAAA with regard to the research connected to achievement.
Fifth: the following assumes the status of patent:
1. Scientific Discoveries:
The scientific discoveries that do not fall within patents, medical discoveries or technological discoveries have the following conditions:
- The discovery has to be registered in one of the specialized centers that are accredited by the committee to which the application is presented. If such a center does not exist or it was difficult to register the discovery due to reasons accepted by the committee, the committee has the right to accept or reject the application after giving their reasons.
- The discovery should be connected to a piece of research that has been published in a refereed journal which is classified within the publishing means accepted by the committee to which the application was presented.
- The discovery should be refereed by the committee to which the application was presented to, in order to verify the distinction of the discovery.
2. Discoveries in the Fields of Medicine and Biotechnology:
It is conditioned for the discoveries in medicine and biotechnology to be registered in one of the following centers:
- National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
- European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)
- DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ)
And it is conditioned to offer the award for the medical and biotechnological discoveries that the discovery should be the result of a refereed research or that a research has resulted from it. It should also meet the conditions of the NCAAA with regard to research connected to achievement.
3. Rare Surgeries:
Rare surgeries have the following conditions:
- The surgery should include an unprecedented development.
- The surgery should have been carried out upon prior permission from the ethics committee of the hospital where the surgery took place, or a body of similar status.
- The results of the surgery should be documented and published in a journal within class A or B of the classification in paragraph A of article (1) in Third.
4. Medical Drugs Discovery:
It is conditioned for medical drugs discovery that it should be registered in one of the centers mentioned in Fourth, or the centers mentioned in paragraph (2) of fifth. It is also conditioned for all that is mentioned in Fifth to be a result of a refereed research or that a refereed research has resulted from them, and that they meet the conditions of the NCAAA with regard to research connected to achievement.
Sixth: general rules:
- The payment of this award continues during the summer vacation for the faculty member and the persons with similar status.
- The payment of this award continues for the faculty member during his/her academic leave.
- The payment of this award stops in case the faculty member, or the persons with similar status, is commissioned outside the University.
- In case more than one faculty member, or persons with similar status, were involved in a scientific achievement, the percentage assigned for the achievement is divided according to the percentage of contribution to it. If one of the participants does not merit the award, he is taken into consideration only to determine the percentage for those who merit the award. The percentage of the award should not exceed that of the individual award.
- It is allowed to combine distinction awards for he/she who merits more than one award (like combining the award for patent or an achievement with similar status, and the award for publishing a research paper connected to the patent in a reputable journal). The exception is that it is not allowed to combine the award of patent and that of registering a medical or biotechnological discovery if the patent and discovery resulted from the same achievement.