“There are 3 categories of journal reputation indexing bodies in the world. The lowest is Google Scholar, DOAJ at the middle and with the highest reputation are Scopus and ISI Thomson,” said Dr. Prihartini Widiyanti, drg., M.Kes., as the Head of Scientific Publication and Journal Development Center (PPJPI) UNAIR.
With two journals indexed by DOAJ, UNAIR is one step closer to achieve Scopus and ISI Thomson index. At the moment, UNAIR has eight journals nationally indexed but none has been Scopus indexed.
“Indexing of DOAJ is a step closer to Scopus, as for Scopus, the journal should be medium-indexed first,” said the woman known as Yanti.
There are 52 criterias used by DOAJ to conduct the accreditation assessment. Some of them were website readability, whether it is user friendly or not, and it is an open journal system (OJS) which enables anyone accesses it from anywhere in the world. As of April 1, 2016, there are no offline accreditations.
With the accreditation, PPJPI is motivated to keep monitoring intensively and supporting journals’ development in campus. “If it is already international, we will take it to Scopus. We all wish for it,” she added.
So far, PPJPI has been supervising three UNAIR journals to be accredited internationally. Those three are Berkala Ilmu Kesehatan Kulit dan Kelamin (BIKKK): Periodical of Dermatology and Venereology from Faculty of Medicine (FK), Global Strategy from Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) and Mozaik Humaniora from Faculty of Humanities.
Be Aware of Predatory Journal
Lecturers should be aware where they send their journals. There are predatory journals which are not acknowledged but not many people know it. They are usually established to make profits. They demand some money for publications.
Their journals review process is also short. If a normal journal at least needs 1-2 months for review, this predatory one can review it in weeks. Furthermore, in a year, predatory journals can publish dozens of volumes or issues.
“It causes suspicions that there is no review process. There is a device to check it. In Scholarly Open Access, we can perform the checking. It is usually used as verifier,” she added. (*)
Author: Binti Quryatul
Editor: Rio F. Rachman