Yogyakarta, 8 October 2019—Fisipol’s Jurnal Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik (JSP) (Journal of Social Sciences and Political Sciences) have been indexed by Scopus on Friday (4/10). JSP, which was first published in 1997, is currently open for anyone to read. In 2016, JSP received a national accreditation from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia with a Sinta 2 rating. JSP focuses on contemporary social and political issues, such as gender, identity politics, digital disruption, civil society movements, welfare, social development, citizenship, public policy and innovations in governance. Other issues such as international politics and security, the media, political literacy, democracy, radicalism and terrorism are also included in JSP.
Dwi “Angga” Anggara, a member of JSP’s editorial board, stated that JSP has aspired to be indexed on the international level after receiving the national accreditation. “The first thing that we did was changing the writing rules. Previously, we accept articles in Indonesian. However, from 2017 onwards, we only accept articles in English, and we only accept articles from experienced international writers,” Angga conveyed.
Scopus provides a database of citations from academic journals. Scopus was launched in 2004 by Elsevier, a well-known publisher. In addition to providing scientific works, Scopus also provides a data on international patent rights. Millions of scientific articles have been published on Scopus. Scopus focuses on 4 fields of science: life sciences, social sciences, physical sciences and health sciences.
Hardini, also a member of JSP’s editorial board, stated that JSP was registered to Scopus on the 7th of January 2019. The assessment process took 8 months and 28 days. JSP was fully supported by UGM’s Publishers and Publications Board (BPP) and Fisipol in this process. Hardini conveyed that this support is important, as BPP has organized workshops in order to evaluate and provide recommendations for JSP.
JSP’s status as an internationally indexed journal provides significant impacts for JSP. Hardini stated that there are 3 main impacts. First, it improves JSP’s reputation. Second, it improved JSP’s rating to Sinta 1, as all Scopus indexed journals are automatically given the Sinta 1 rating. Third, according to the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia, journals that are Scopus indexed have a higher credit score for writers, hence it will attract more writers to submit their work to JSP.