Tips for Finding and Writing Articles in International Journal

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Lecturers must not only carry out teaching activities but also research and serve. Disseminating research to a global audience has also become necessary in the current digital era. Therefore, special skills are needed not only for lecturers but also for managing editors of the Jurnal Komunikasi UII to find reputable international journals and understand how to write and send international journal articles.

To realize this mission, UII Communication Studies Study Program held a workshop and sharing session on tips on finding journals and writing articles for journals of international repute on October 8, 2021. The participants were lecturers and managers of UII Communication journals from UGM, Diponegoro University, Halu Oleo University, UPN Yogyakarta. , and also Universitas Islam Indonesia/UII.

Abdul Rohman shared his stories and experiences through international journals in this event. So far, his articles have been published in several global journal publishers such as the International Journal of Communication, the New Media & Society journal, and the Media, Culture & Society journal. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Communication, School of Communication & Design, RMIT University Vietnam. 

According to Abdul Rohman, it should be understood that writing articles for international journals is not always smooth. It takes perseverance, enthusiasm to continue to rise to face rejection, to a steady writing habit. Abdul Rohman, for example, is accustomed to immediately writing ideas and writing ideas so that he becomes the first draft of writing. “Usually, the first draft is still very early. Anything that comes to mind is immediately written down. Anything,” said Abdul Rohman. He is used to writing in his mother tongue, Javanese, rather than directly speaking English. According to him, every writer has habits and comforts that must be found as a rhythm in writing. Then the following process is to write and rearrange the initial draft.

The next process is to ask for feedback or input on our manuscript. Feedback can come from colleagues, mentors, or even friends. This input is significant as the reader’s perspective is more distant than our manuscript. Then the next stage is to enter the editing and rewriting steps. At this stage, proofreading is also carried out. This is the stage where we must understand the style or environment of the intended journal target. If we have fulfilled the journal’s scope, immediately submit the manuscript.

Besides Abdul Rohman, there was also a sharing session with Masduki, a Communication Lecturer at UII whose articles have also been published in international journals. Masduki told one of the reasons for writing in international journals and the trick to choosing reputable international journals and not fake ones.