Strategy for selecting the
appropriate International Journal
Isnani A. S. Suryono
Pelatihan Penulisan Artikel Ilmiah untuk
Jurnal Internasional, DRPM-UI, IASTH lt.
II, 4 November 2009 (2007)
What is GFA / IA??
•Guide for Authors
(GFA)??
•Instruction to Authors
(IA)??
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Why is GFA/IA important?
• Because, the only dictators allowed now are
Editors of Journals, especially Journals that are
considered highly significant to the scientific
world, with high citation index
• If one would really like to have one’s article to
be taken seriously & considered for
acceptance by one’s own journal of choice,
then there is no other way than to comply..
(that is obey, conform, follow.. hehehe)
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Common errors/problems
• A big question is whether the authors ever
read and/or understood the purpose of any
journal posting their GFA/IA at all! e.g.
– Substance of submitted articles
– Number of hard copies submitted
– Format of articles submitted
– Final checklist & submission form to be filled
– Style of Referencing
– etc
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Strategy for selecting international
journal.
• Which journal is most appropriate for your
article?
• Journals published by world-renowned
publisher that can add value to your paper,
• High visibility with integrated platform,
• High impact factor journal, that protects your
right as author & give benefit to authors.
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Scientific American indicated back in
1994
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USA  > 20%
..
Singapore  0.179%
......
Indonesia  0.012%
How about now? Are we any better now?..
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Latest information
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Is it true that..
• Though they acknowledged the voluminous work
being done here in our scientific world, but
• Our Scientific & Research efforts in the advancing
science & technology world are merely
represented as
–lost science in the third world??
• Since they never reached their international
peers!!
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Indonesian scientific journals are
• Published in very limited numbers (many only
300 copies/edition)
• Circulated only locally (even privately)
• Not subscribed by major libraries (not even
nationally)
• Written in Indonesian some without English
abstracts..
• Not being used as source of teaching material
• Not well produced, managed & edited, thus
• Ignored by the scientific world..
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Correlation between country productivity
&  of Publication & Citation (1997-2001)
Country
 Publication
India
77.201
China
115.339
Germany 318.286
Japan
336.858
USA
1. 265.808
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 Citation GDP/cap
118.481
341.519
2.199.617
1.852.271
10.850.549
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989
24.051
31.407
36.006
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Remember whenever public funds have
been spent in supporting the research,
• It is the Scientist/Researcher’s duty
to publish the findings for
international consumption.
• Should be considered a criminal act
not to do so!
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For this,
• Effort should be made to:
– Identify the most suitable journal to publish,
– A periodical with highest qualification possible,
• In making choice:
– Necessary to be very certain about the
uniqueness of content of article
– Ascertain field of knowledge/specialization
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Identify/classify the content, so as to
suit the target audience/reader!
Whether the readers should be:
• Super-super specialist scientists
• Super specialist scientists
• Specialists
• Generalists
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Consider also whether the nature of
the study is
• Interdisciplinary
• Cross sectoral
• Transdisciplinary
In thid case, consider which sector has the highest
potential readers!
(Ecology, biotechnology, ethnobotany are modern
disciplines which might be included in health
researches)
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Among Journals frequented by
prominent experts in field of research
Choose the ones which are with:
• Highest acclaim with high citation index
• Strongest impact in the advancing field of
disciplin concerned
• Widest readers & often refered to (written in
UN languages)
• Global aspiration in geographical scope, but
• Short waiting list
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Some important websites to find
major international journals
• Elsevier  www.sciencedirect.com
• Springer  www.springer.com
• Cambridge Univ Press (UK)
www.journals.cambridge.org
• SCOPUS 
• Wiley Interscience 
www.interscience.wiley.com
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After a journal has been chosen
• Study 2 or 3 latest issues or editions
• Peruse carefully its GFA/IA (may be up to 64
pages long)
• Find out whether there are further
instructions in its website
• Ensure that instructions & all requirements
are fully understood
• Read carefully 4 of 5 articles on related
subjects & compare to the GFA/IA
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After the style & format have been
understood
• Start preparing the draft article, make sure
that every items:
– Title
– Byline
– Abstract
– Punctuations
– List of references
• Are wholly in line with the GFA/IA
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Follow the GFA/IA
• Very closely if one really wishes to be
accepted by the target journal
• Small deviations may cause computer
employed by journal to reject the article
automatically!
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After completion of first draft, do
• Hand it over, with a copy of GFA/IA to 1 or 2
close associates to read & comment on it.
• Ask for criticisms & suggestions,
then 
• Revise accordingly,
• Prepare the final draft
• Send to the journal chosen
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After sending the draft
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Take a rest, wait patiently for response... And
Pray
Pray
Pray
Upon receiving answer, promptly respond
accordingly!
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What next?
• Accepted:
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CONGRATULATIONS!!
CELEBRATION!!
ENJOY!!
Then continue working in that field of choice, be more
productive and so on & on & on.. 
• Rejected:
– Revise, revise, revise &
– Send to other possible target journal
– Don’t ever stop!! 
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Reference
• Rifai MA*, Strategy in selecting the
appropriate international Journals. Workshop
on international scientific paper writing. DIKTI,
Jakarta, 6-9 September 2007.
* Indonesian Academy of Sciences, c/o
“Herbarium Bogoriense” Puslit Nasional
Biologi-LIPI, Jalan Juanda 22, Bogor.
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Strategy for selecting the appropriate International Journal