Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Journal Indexing with ACI and SCOPUS

Yesterday, the Malaysian Citation Index (MyCite) Centre, a department within the Ministry of Higher Education organised a 1-day meeting and workshop with representatives from two international indexing bodies: Asean Citation Index (ACI) and SCOPUS from the Elsevier Publication Group. Basically the aim of the meeting cum workshop was to provide exposures to Malaysian journal editors on options available for their journals.  About 100 Malaysian journal editors attended the meeting.  The ACI is a central regional database which was designed and set up to index all the bibliographic records and the citations of all quality ASEAN research outputs appeared in the ASEAN scholarly journals. The member countries of the ACI are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Phillippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Currently, ACI is head-quartered in Thailand.  The Thai's Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) has provided initial financial support for the development and implementation of the ACI database system in 2 phases since 2011. The first phase (2011-2013) ended in 2013 and the second phase will cover 2014-2016.  
The ACI has the ACI Steering Board, which comprises 2 representatives nominated by the Ministry of Education from each member country, to set up policy and monitor the ACI performance and development. The Board will meet twice a year in each member country to share experiences, monitor the performance, and discuss further development of the ACI.  Meanwhile, Elsevier's SCOPUS is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in   the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts   and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and   visualize research.  

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