Three Strategies to Get Your Academic Journal Indexed by Scopus

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It is still common for journals to be managed in a haphazard manner in Indonesia. This haphazard pattern often results in messy management and scheduling. These are things that hinder a journal from being indexed by Scopus.

The Webinar on International Journal Management towards Scopus Indexation held by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) UII explained and detailed how to achieve the Scopus Index for journals at UII. The webinar, held on August 13, 2022, was presented by Rozi, S. Pi., M. Biotech, a Manager Editor at the Journal of Fisheries and Marine, which Scopus and Sinta 1 have indexed.

Pambudi and Zarkoni, managers of the Journal of Communication and the Asian Journal of Media and Communication (AJMC) of Communication Sciences at the Islamic University of Indonesia (UII), participated in this webinar to increase the chances of AJMC and UII Communication Journals being indexed by Scopus. In this webinar, Rozi gave an overview of how he manages his journal and provided strategies for penetrating Scopus indexation.

To be indexed by Scopus, Indonesian journals are still facing a steep road. But, of course, it can be done if there is a strong commitment among the management team. Rozi gave three criteria and strategies to get journals indexed by Scopus. The three criteria are non-technical criteria, non-technical criteria, and fulfillment of the minimum requirements needed.

Non-technical criteria

Non-technical criteria are criteria that a journal must have but are non-technical. For example, the mindset of journal managers about Scopus-indexed journals. Second is the commitment of journal managers. After a strong commitment between managers, it must also be supported by a solid team, awareness, and the same target, namely Scopus. Having this mindset, commitment, and a solid team must also be supported by regular meetings to manage the target according to the timeline.

Technical criteria

In addition to non-technical criteria, journals that want to be indexed by Scopus must also fulfill various technical criteria, such as:

1) Having diverse editors, reviewers, and authors from various countries
2) Organizing international conferences.
3) Updating the journal through social media communities and seminars
4) Collaboration of authors in journal articles
5) Modifying journal policies on journals in the same field

Meeting the Minimum Requirements

The strategy criteria that Rozi conveyed was fulfilling the minimum requirements to be indexed by Scopus. The first minimum requirement is to fulfill the 16 Best Practice principles desired by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) in scientific research. And the second is to meet the requirements above 90% Pre-evaluation of Scopus Submission. In the Webinar on International Journal Management towards Scopus Indexation held by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) UII, Rozi provided many other strategies related to Scopus indexation. She gave an overview of how he runs several journals that he manages. More complete videos of the webinar can be seen at the following link.