2021 Day 127 Task – Began PDF Proofing for Our Renewable Energy Journal Manuscript

Alhamdulillah, I am glad that Zarifah’s massive effort writing this review paper was finally showing some nice rewards. Today, Renewable Energy journal system got in touched with me to ask me to verify few things about our manuscript and also to go through the entire article to check in case there are any problems. There were several issues, mainly on the unit for certain parameters that require very careful check. I realized that I have started this, but I cannot complete this task today. The manuscript was a 70 plus pages word document and after it is converted into Renewable Energy format, it became 22 pages. Nevertheless there are still a lot, seriously plenty to go through for the checking.

Day 211 Task – Working on ICOST2020 Paper Correction

Working on ICOST2020 Paper Correction


Read all my “1 Official Task Per Day Record Challenge for 2020” —> https://people.utm.my/zakiyamani/category/1-activity-1-day/ 

Day 150 Task – Checking My Master Student’s Review Paper Manuscript

This project has been pending for quite some time and I am not proud of being very late. The task is quite overwhelming because it is quite a  long manuscript and the amount of interruption i always get from numerous other tasks, keeps me to put this into a delayed but important priority, and I am personally not happy with the way i treat this project. I must get it done once and for all. InsyaAllah, this week, it will be submitted, that’s a challenge to myself.

Read all my “1 Official Task Per Day Record Challenge for 2020” —> https://people.utm.my/zakiyamani/category/1-activity-1-day/ 

Mini Update: 4 conferences & 2 Journal Manuscript to be Reviewed

It’s Friday today, our off day. However, due to my hectic daily work, I can only to some of my usual dekstop work today, the off-day. Just completed 1 conference manuscript, few more to be reviewed.

Will post update status soon today.


Journal Review Complete – YES!

For those who are not aware of the endless job scope of a lecturer / academician / researcher / consultant etc, we have one interesting yet challenging task. It is journal review. Since we are an expert in certain specific field of research, there will be time where we will be invited to review manuscripts that are submitted to certain journals. I have been doing this activity of journal review since I was a Ph.D student. But after Ph.D, I received more and more invitation to review journal manuscript. But wait… The number of journal that I review are not as much as our professors have to review. Roughly, I am reviewing around 5 to 10 journals a year (since 2013). I am expecting to receive more and more invitation. However, that’s nothing compared to professors who review more than 100 journal manuscript per year.



Is it tough?


Sometimes, when we are hectic, we hardly have time to read and comprehend the content of the manuscript to be reviewed. However, when we have some piece of extra time to spend reading this manuscript, we can complete the review faster. There were moments where I managed to complete a review in 1 day. There are also moments where I took 3-4 weeks to complete a review. There was 1 review that I remembered not completing it at all.


This is not a paid job. It is just for us to help and contribute to review and help to decide if a manuscript is worth publishing or not. However, it is required and counted in our KPI (Key Performance Index) or KAI (Key Amal Index)… as UTM called it now. The more we reviews we make, the more points get counted for our performance evaluation every each end of the year. Another way of looking at it, is the journal editors recognizes our expertise and credibility, and due to that, they invited us to review the manuscript. So, although it is not a paid task or project, academicians like me still do the review for the reasons above.

180 degree opposite opinion 

I know some colleagues who does not like the idea. Why you are doing this and not getting paid? Why you are letting them manipulating your intellectuality?  Why are you giving them a service for free? “Them” here refers to the publisher of the journals. I am not against my colleague’s idea NOR I am backing up this big journal publisher. At the moment, I am just doing what I am suppose to do as an academician and researcher. I am trying to do the best that I can for the best of the scientific advancement of knowledge. Somehow, I feel that experts like us should be rewarded and not let to do a free service.

What do you think?

I would like to see your opinions and the comment section below 🙂


My journal publications for 2014

Following are the list of journals that I published as main author and co-author for 2014. Maybe not much, but hey, it is OK. I will work harder for 2015.


Z.Y. Zakaria, N.A.S. Amin, J. Linnekoski, Optimization of catalytic glycerol steam reforming to light olefins using Cu/ZSM-5 catalyst, Energy Conversion and Management, 2014, Vol 86, Page 735-744. Impact Factor: 2.775 (PDF).

Z.Y. Zakaria, M. Jusoh, A. Johari, M.A.A. Zaini, F.H. Kasim, Thermodynamic analysis of hydrogen production from ethanol-glycerol mixture through dry reforming, Energy Procedia Elsevier, 2014, Vol –, No — (PDF).

M.A.A. Zaini, M. Zakaria, N.Alias, Z.Y. Zakaria, A. Johari, S.H.M. Setapar, M.J. Kamaruddin, M.A.C. Yunus, Removal of heavy metals onto KOH-activated ash-rich sludge adsorbent, Energy Procedia Elsevier, 2014, Vol –, No — (PDF).

Zaki Yamani Zakaria, Juha Linekoski, Nor Aishah Saidina Amin, Thermodynamic Analysis of Glycerol Steam Reforming to Ethylene, Jurnal Teknologi, 2014, Vol 67, No 3 (PDF).

Zaki Yamani Zakaria, Nor Aishah Saidina Amin,  Juha Linnekoski, Thermodynamic analysis of glycerol conversion to olefins, Energy Procedia Elsevier, 2014, Vol –, No — (PDF).

Mazura Jusoh*, Noor Naimah Mohamed Nor, Zaki Yamani Zakaria, Progressive Freeze Concentation of Coconut Water, Jurnal Teknologi, 2014 Vol. 67, No.2 (PDF)

Mazura Jusoh, Norshafika Yahya, Zaki Yamani Zakaria, Effect of Flowrate and Circulation Time on Fractionation of Refined Bleached and Deodorised Palm Oil using Progressive Freeze Concentration Method, Jurnal Teknologi, 2014, Vol 67, No 3 (PDF).

A. Johari*, R. Mat, H. Alias, H. Hashim, M.H. Hassim, Z.Y. Zakaria, M. Rozainee, Combustion Characteristics of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) in a Fluidized Bed Combustor, Sains Malaysiana 43 (1)(2014): 103–109. Impact Factor: 0.408 (PDF).



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