|Journal Publication Policy: Further Review Needed|
|Friday, 09 March 2012|
Recently, the circular letter Number.152/E/T/2012 issues by The Directorate General of Higher Education (Dikti) at the Education and Culture Ministry that forces undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students to publish their articles on scientific journals as a graduation requirement has produced pros and cons.
This controversial policy became the topic discussion on TV Program titled ‘Mata Najwa- Metro TV’ on Wednesday (3/7). Attending as the guest speaker were Vice Minister of Education and Culture Muliar Kasim, and UII Rector, Prof. Dr. Edy Suandi Hamid, M.Ec., who is also the chairman of Association of Indonesian Privates University.
In this occasion, Prof Edy Suandi Hamid uttered that this policy was hastily made and need to be reviewed. The policy is hardly practicable due to the lack of journals availability in Indonesia.
According to Prof. Edy, this policy did not based on the historical fact. Report said that the growth rate of scientific journal in the world was at 3,24% per year. If this policy setting will be applied, the number of articles published will increase drastically – perhaps 1000 journal per year fostering ‘journal industry’ in Indonesia.
“Hence, it will be better off if this policy be implemented step by step and applied only to top accredited universities in Indonesia.” He stressed out.
Meanwhile, Vice Minister of Education and Culture, Muliar Kasim, underlined that the objective of DIKTI’s policy was to against plagiarism in scientific publishing. By implementing this policy, Musliar Kasim expected that the publication of student’s original writing on scientific journal will increase in the future.