Making Malaysian Scholarly Journals More Visible: The Case of MJCS and MJLIS Online.
Zainab A.N., and Edzan N.N., and Ling, T.C., and Phang, K.K., (2000) Making Malaysian Scholarly Journals More Visible: The Case of MJCS and MJLIS Online. In: Persidangan Majlis Penerbit Ilmiah Malaysia (MAPIM), 17 Ogos 2000, Institut Pengajian Siswajah dan Penyelidikan, Universiti Malaya.
University of Malaya, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
The Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology began publishing the first issue of the Malaysian Journal of Computer Science in 1985, beginning with volume 1. Subsequently, one issue per year was published till 1989 (volume 5). Between the years 1990 to 1992, MJCS “hibernated” until its revival in 1993 with volume 6. From volume 8, 1995 onwards, the Faculty published two issues of MJCS, in June and December each year till its current issue (June 2000). MJCS first offered its journal online in 1996 and can truly be regarded as the first full-ledged electronic journal in (Malaysia Ling, Mashkuri and Phang, 1996). The Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science began its publication in 1996. Two issues were published each year (July and December) and its latest issue is volume 5, number 1, 2000.The online version was offered in 1999. From 1997 onwards, the editorial boards of both journals worked aggressively to improve the quality of publication. This involved improving and strengthening the refereeing process and soliciting professionals and academics from foreign institutions to be members of the reviewing board. Priority was given to personalities who can be easily contacted via e-mail, in order to speed up the refereeing process. The format of both journals was standardized in accordance to international journal editorial practice. An editorial style sheet was included with each issue. Other standard requirements were author’s affiliation status, their e-mail address, suggested keywords, an informative abstract, the text formatted in double columns, the adoption of a standard referencing style, and the provision of running titles and authors’ names.
Besides this “print lift” (as oppose to a “face lift”), the faculty became aware of the need to make the journal more visible. In other words, the journals also needed an “image lift”. Three steps were taken. Firstly, issues from two years (1996-1997) were sent to Ulrich’s Periodical Directory to be listed in its directory. Ulrich’s specializes in listing current periodicals published throughout the world. It is one of the basic tools used by institutions or serial’s vendor to locate a journal title and its publisher to place orders. Ulrich’s is available in print, CD-ROM and online via Ulrich’s Plus. Bowker also publishes this directory. The Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science successfully gained entry into this directory in 1997. Gaining entry into this directory has helped to boost the subscription of MJLIS. For a journal that did not undergo any marketing strategy, this was of great help. The journal now has a small number of subscribers worldwide that includes the Library of Congress, the British Lending Library and libraries in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Brunei.
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