Jumat, 12 November 2021

Big Secret of Becoming Scopus Q1 Indexed Journal in Indonesia

An Exclusive Interview with Prof. Dr. Zakiyudin Bhaidawy, M.Ag Chancellor of IAIN Salatiga 2019-2023 with Prof. Dr. M. Noor Harisudin, M.Fil.I on the IJIMS Journal at the Aston Jember Hotel, on June 26, 2019. The IJIMS Journal (Indonesian Journal of Islam and Muslim Societies) is a journal in the Graduate Program of IAIN Salatiga. IJIMS has been indexed by Scopus Q1, Crossref, Copernicus Index, Islamicus Index, and many more. In addition, IJIMS has received national accreditation (A) from the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education. The following is our interview with Basuki Kurniawan from the Media Center of the Syari'ah Faculty with the Chancellor of IAIN Salatiga Prof. Dr. Zakiyudin Bhaidawy, M.Ag with the Dean of the Faculty of Sharia IAIN Jember Prof. Dr. M. Noor Harisudin, M. Fil. I.

How do you start the IJIMS Journal?

Junal IJIMS was born in 2011, while I was given the mandate as assistant director of the PostgraduatePostgraduate program because, in 2011, we began the postgraduate program. Meanwhile, the Chairman of my establishment, and based on the decree, was given the mandate as an assistant director. I have a big idea because IAIN Salatiga has a big vision, namely IAIN Salatiga as a Reference Center for Indonesian Islamic Studies. If we want to be a reference, then we must have an academic tower. In addition to studies, the academic tower must also have a scientific journal that contains the ideas of Indonesian Islam. Second, because we have international aspirations, this journal is not written in Indonesian. Initially, this journal was in a bilingual language, namely English and Arabic. Only we as administrators encountered difficulties with Arabic articles, such as finding Arabic writers and managing Arabic journals more difficult than managing English or Indonesian articles. And IJIMS has published the journal three times in bilingualism, but in the fourth edition, we have focused on English.

What makes the IJIMS Journal different from other journals in Indonesia?

In Indonesia, there are many Islamic studies, but the journal names are different. I tend to highlight Muslim societies. So the studies that are not purely textual, but the color of Islam as a practice, sociological, anthropological, the human social scientist is more prominent that is the plurality of Islam itself.

Building textual and socio-historical studies do not stand alone. The second builds the gap between orthodoxy and heterodoxy; the reality of Islam is a great tradition and many local traditions. Primary studies are called orthodoxy, and minor studies are called heterodoxy. Our study favors an inter and transdisciplinary approach. So it involves the study of Islam and is closer to the study of social science. Why was the word Muslim society chosen? Therefore by western readers preferred. We read the tendency of studies outside of that; Islam is not as a dogma/doctrine but as a practiced society. If you look at religion in Europe, Islam is a society or community, not a dogma. Then we took the term as a journal.

Since when was Scopus Q1 indexed?

Historically, we were founded in 2011 after three years; in 2014, we were immediately accredited A from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (formerly the Ministry of Education and Culture). From there, we must have a clear roadmap; for the next three years, the vision is not only journals that are recognized nationally but internationally. From there, the journal is written in English. How in 3 years to make a roadmap to be indexed by Scopus. For that, we improved many things in April 2016, submitted them to Scopus. Then it was accepted, and August 13, 2017, indexed by Scopus was accepted (accepted). This means that from August 13, 2017, it has been indexed by Scopus. After Scopus appeared to enter at Scimagojr.com, it took another year. Finally, they promised the end of May or the beginning of June our name will appear on scimagojr.com. Thank God, June 1, 2019, was right, so we received like Lailatul Qadar. Scimagojr.com is one of the institutions that issue rankings for journals worldwide; at first, we didn't expect Scopus Q1, we predicted Q3, but it turned out that the number of citations exceeded. We get Scopus Q1 with indexed 0.161 even though it is at least 0.15. We are grateful that the only institution that passed Q1, there is no Q1 institution in Indonesia.

What are the tips and secret becoming Scopus Q1 indexed journals?

Yes, I think we have open access journal, an open journal system; the articles that we upload are disseminated as widely as possible. The more indexed in international indexed institutions, the higher the chance of readability. The higher the readability, the higher the opportunity to be quoted by worldwide scholars.

Usually, when a new publication has been published, we send a link to the article, which is spread everywhere, opening up opportunities for high reading; we will share it with anyone with a network to spread it. The chance of high readability means high sensibility—anyone network entry. Dai situ can then increase citations. Because Q1, Q2 Q3 is the formula for citations compared to the number of articles (documents). The result of 0.161 is the result of the number of citations with the number of articles. All articles that have been quoted and published. I'm trying to find out how Scopus can index the 2011 article. And it was accepted.

The most important thing is to maintain stamina in managing journals, consistency, the author's aspirations must be international, and every published there are two authors from abroad (International). Of the total articles published, only six articles per edition. I am sure that all PTKIN can do it, depending on istiqomah and willingness to publish articles. The journal strives to have international writers, even though there is only one international writer in each publication.

How is the story of Prof. Zakiyudin Baidhawy can win other Scopus Q1 indexed journals in Indonesia?

We have the same opportunities, whether PTKIN or Non-PTKIN. Every university, both public and private, has the same chance to make it big; the problem is whether or not to take that opportunity. Scopus index 5 PTKIN, PTKIN focuses on social humanities and is not owned under Ristekdikti, Ristekdikti is only a discourse journal that is social humanities. Then the last IAIN Kudus indexed by Scopus. This means that in the social humanities, PTKIN has become a mecca in Indonesia. Those who fall into the category of social humanities are superior to PTU. Therefore it must be read as an opportunity. PTKIN has the chance to enter social and humanities. Our study has a sub-category of Religious Studies which is very lacking. So, our chances of being indexed by Scopus are pretty large; later, we will enter art humanities under the umbrella of religious studies and sub-categories of religious studies. When we submit our journals in religious studies, the chances are pretty large. That is part of the strategy (submission), do not get the wrong room.

Do your journal  get an award after the Q1 status?

Hehe (smile) Getting appreciation from the Ministry of Religion and congratulations from everywhere. But the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education will give the award. And the Ministry of Religion will also provide an award.

By getting Q1, what does the IJIMS journal do next? Moreover, as Chancellor of IAIN Salatiga, Prof. Zakiyudin himself?

Spread "the positive virus" or vibes to other journals in our neighborhood and different environments in all ministries, all higher education institutions. I am still the editor of IJIMS; I am the second IJIMS editor to become the Chancellor of IAIN Salatiga.

Is there any influence of leadership policies on IJIMS managers?

We hope it will continue to increase, create more excellent opportunities, and support morally, infrastructure, and self-upgrade from SINTA 2 to SINTA 1. Our target is to have two more Scopus at IAIN Salatiga.

What is the advice of Prof. Zakiyudin for lecturers to write in Scopus Q1 indexed international journals?

You have to be diligent in practicing; if you don't train, it is not easy because writing in an international journal, significantly one accredited, can't be instant; you have to get used to being rejected. We average 30 articles every month, and in 6 months, only six articles are published. We one month only took one article. From 30 we take one article every month.

What are some suggestions for journal managers to follow in the footsteps of IJIMS?

Managing journals is not needed by many people, only two maximum four people, but must be built as a continuous team. We (IAIN Salatiga) are only the four "core of core"  people, so we must be consistent and maintained.

 (Basuki/Media Center)

Source: http://fsyariah.iain-jember.ac.id/berita/

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