Universitas Indonesia’s journals are taking flight, so we did too—fly to Indonesia, that is! Universitas Indonesia (UI) is off to a great start in creating a repository that showcases their journal publishing program — and we couldn’t be happier to be partnering with them. Due to the incredible dedication of the UI team and with the help of their Digital Commons Consultant Rebecca Karberg, in only four months they have launched their repository, UI Scholars Hub. Rebecca was fortunate to meet the team in person on a recent visit to Universitas Indonesia in Depok and said, “It is fantastic to work with clients outside of North America and to learn about their needs and goals. I’m looking forward to consulting about even more ways the repository can benefit this institution as we work together.”
Leading the UI repository team is Diah Ayu Maharani, Head of Research and Innovation Products Management Office and Associate Professor of Dentistry, who appreciated Rebecca’s expertise in helping them migrate journals from OJS. Dr. Maharani is also Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Makara Journal of Health Research, which is already gaining readership in the repository and using Scopus-friendly sidebar links on its homepage. Dr. Maharani and her team discussed features they wanted customized in the UI Scholars Hub, such as dual language support. Rebecca was happy to offer this right away; for example, she tailored submission fields to give authors the ability to submit an abstract in both English and Bahasa.
When the UI team asked Rebecca to make the 20-hour-plus journey to Indonesia, she saw the value of engaging faculty in person to discuss the benefits of journal publishing in UI Scholars Hub. She was able to offer hands-on training to nearly 50 journal editors and appreciated their astute questions and interest in all the publishing features of Digital Commons. She demonstrated how the entire journal publishing process works in the new repository including journal submission workflow, the peer-review process, publishing issues and articles, managing technical configurations, and all the metrics the Digital Commons Dashboard provides.
Alexander van Servellen, Senior Consultant, Research Intelligence at Elsevier Singapore, was on hand as well and shared his enthusiasm for this partnership:
“As someone who has been working to support local journals throughout South East Asia and in that process has worked closely with Universitas Indonesia, I am really excited to see UI’s journals use Digital Commons and all the benefits and service that come along with that. I look forward to watching these journals improve toward the goals they have set for themselves …”
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to the team at Universitas Indonesia!
Enthusiastic participants in the Digital Commons workshop at Universitas Indonesia
Dr. Diah Ayu Maharani, Head of Research and Innovation Products Management Office and Associate Professor of Dentistry, Universitas Indonesia, and Digital Commons Consultant Rebecca Karberg