Five Reasons Why You Should Write in International Journals

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After previously holding a sharing session on the experiences of Abdul Rohman, RMIT Vietnam Lecturer, penetrating international journals and his experience of writing manuscripts for international journal publications, the next session is a trick to find international journals that are not fake. Masduki, a Department of Communications Lecturer at UII, who recently returned from his studies in Munich, Germany, shared his latest story about choosing an international journal and the crucial reasons why lecturers should write in international journals.

There are at least five reasons why a lecturer in Indonesia should write in an International Journal, said Masduki, at the workshop and sharing session on tips for finding journals and writing articles for journals of international repute. The event organized by the UII Communication Studies Study Program on October 8, 2021, invited various participants. The participants are UII Communication journal managers (Sinta 2) from multiple campuses in Indonesia and UII Communication Lecturers.

Five Reasons

The first reason is to share research results to reduce the information and academic knowledge gap between the east and the west. So far, said Masduki, western academics have dominated the knowledge understanding. Eastern academics then had to submit to the West’s supremacy of knowledge and codification. The second reason is, That writing in international journals will strengthen academic reputation and recognition at the global level. In Masduki’s notes, UII is ranked 27th in Indonesia in Scopus indexing.

The “eastern” thinking from Indonesian academics through the publication of articles in international journals is also “a form of international academic friendship, as well as strengthening the community base for similar study interests,” Masduki explained to the participants. Apart from that, there are also reasonably practical reasons, namely fourth, helping to increase careers and academic authority towards lecturer positions for Head Lecturer and Professor jobs. While the fifth reason looks more at individual practical factors: writing in international journals will increase the number of awards in both financial and social forms.

Masduki continued to choose several criteria to select a reputable international journal. For example, the intended journal should be an open-access journal. The following criterion is that the journal publisher comes from a commercial publisher or a university. As much as possible, avoid expensive paid journals. An important criterion is that the journal has never been included in a predatory journal (doubtful). The easiest thing to see if this international journal is reputable or not is that the journal has an SJR (Scientific Journal Ranking) of more than 0.10 or an Impact Factor (IF) of at least 0.5. Also, pay attention to the rational review process starting from 3 to 12 months.