What are the office hours of RICeST?
RICeST is open 8 hours a day (8 A.M. to 4 P.M., Iranian local time, +4.5 hours GMT) and 5 days a week (from Saturday to Wednesday, except national holidays) for users wishing to approach RICeST in person. For remote users, however, the center is open round the clock – 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
What is the nature of RICeST information services?
Simply by receiving an ID Password and logging onto RICeST’s homepage, users may have access to enormous information databases and services. RICeST enjoys wide subject coverage and encompasses information from a number of languages other than Persian as well. Its Persian holding includes books, periodicals, journals, theses and dissertations, maps & atlases, research projects, specialized databases and many others (c.f. the webpage for the complete list).
RICeST is also vividly involved in a number of other research activities including book and journal publication, holding workshops and seminars, etc. at home and regional scales.
What does the word ‘Region’ stand for in RICeST?
It pinpoints clearly RICeST’s scope of activities, which is in fact stretching from the Caucuses, west of the Caspian Sea, to the Middle East, Central Asia, Indian sub-continent and finally countries in north Africa.
How could users avail themselves of the information stock available at RICeST?
The information provision and delivery paths available at RICeST are so diversified enabling users with different tastes and facilities to avail themselves of the information stock available. Users may wish to approach RICeST in person, or they may wish to apply for membership after which they will be allotted with an ID Password (some money should be deposited by the users at RICeST) to log onto different databases. Access to RICeST’s integrated database is of course free. Users may also draw on RICeST information services through their local universities, research institutions, etc. In this case, universities, research institutions, etc. will need to apply for membership first after which researchers and students affiliated to them may be able to use the services within an IP-based service.
Are RICeST information sources Persian-oriented?
No doubt, RICeST encompasses enriched Persian information sources – i.e. all high ranking journals of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT), Ministry of Health, Treatment and Medical Training (MHTMT), Howza journals, etc. This comprehensivity should not, of course, be taken as kind of confinement, that is, strides have continuously been made to acquire information sources from other languages as well – RICeST currently receives more than 1000 Arabic journal titles, more than 600 English ones, etc. This has been undertaken as a policy to ascertain RICeST’s missions and objectives as regards regional users – fulfillment of regional users' information needs is one of the prime duties of the center as elaborated in its Charter. 
What is 'IRAN Journals'?
Journals purchased or received by RICeST are all indexed in a system called 'IRAN Journals', which encompasses e-journal and e-article databases, all full-text, in different languages mainly three – Persian with 1117, Arabic with more than 1000 and English with more than 600 journal titles. By logging onto this service, users may draw on the invaluable information embedded into the database.
Who can draw on RICesT services?
RICesT's potential users are so diversified. Single users, groups, universities, research institutions, administration offices, and really all groups of society may submit their request for membership through mail, post or even telephone call to the President's Office, Vice-President for Research Affairs' Office, or Office of Public Relations and International Cooperation. Prior to membership activation some formalities (i.e. for single users some money needs to be deposited and for institutions and universities some agreement is required since in the latter case an IP-based service is implemented) need to be dealt with, which would be handled in a matter of few days.
Can RICeST give universities, research institutions and other bodies a hand to fulfill their staff and students' need to new books and journal titles?
The answer is in the affirmative. RICeST has expanded its book and journal holdings based on a number of criteria – an important criterion has, of course, been receiving feedback from field experts, universities and research institutions. To materialize this objective, RICeST has continuously kept in touch with the scientific society and has purchased (within the budget bounds) the information sources highlighted and urgently needed by the scientific society.
What steps should be taken to have our journals indexed in 'IranJournal'?
Have this in mind! You are only a step away from it! Simply go to our XML Journal Submission System (JSS) and have a look at the 'help' option over there. The system is user friendly and you may easily get a good command of how to have your journals indexed in IranJournal. Should you come across any sort of problem, or simply need further information, please do not hesitate to contact RICeST's Department of Evaluation and Collection Development.