Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Organization (IPSH RO) of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has a strong desire to gain an honorable place in the global academic arena. This effort is realized by producing various works to be published by reputable, authoritative, and credible international journals or international book publishers.

“We want to produce knowledge that is recognized and serves as reference for the academic community in the world. We do not want to do research, then publish it, but in the end, we are the only one reading the work. We hope that stories like this will pass quickly,” said Head of IPSH RO Prof Ahmad Najib Burhani.

According to him, there are currently a number of books authored by IPSH RO researchers published by Routledge, Springer, ISEAS, NUS Press, and the like. However, the number needs to be increased. Najib hopes that various Research Centers (RC) under the IPSH Research Organization (RO) can compete with various international research institutions such as ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, RSIS NTU, CSEAS Kyoto, Max Planck Institutes, and so on in producing knowledge.

Najib said that with the formation of BRIN as the only government research institution in the country, automatically there will be no more competitors at home. Hence, the competition is not with independent research institutions in the country, but with research institutions overseas. “The competitive frame should be shifted to the global realm,” he said.

To achieve this target, IPSH RO strives to take advantage of various schemes provided by BRIN. Among other things, by using the schemes of research fellow and visiting professors from abroad to improve the academic environment at IPSH and improve more intensive academic interactions between IPSH researchers and authoritative, credible, and productive academics.

“One of those invited to IPSH is Max Lane from Monash University and ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. Together with IPSH researchers, Max Lane will compile an edited volume that will be published by a credible international publisher,” said the author of the Dilemma of Minority in Indonesia: Variations, Dynamics and Controversy.

In addition to the schemes offered by BRIN, IPSH RO is trying to employ five other strategies, namely: First, through Global Collaboration. Currently, IPSH collaborates with Leiden University, KITLV Netherlands, CSEAS Kyoto University Japan, Leeds University UK, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute Singapore, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Goethe Institute, and 14 academic institutions in Asia that are members of the SEASIA consortium.

Four programs are planned for 2022, i.e., SEASIA conference (9-11 June 2022), ISEAS-BRIN Conference on Millennial Disruptions (15-16 August 2022), ISEAS-BRIN Conference on New Capital Nusantara (11-12 October 2022), Leiden-BRIN Writing Academy (7-10 November 2022). Each of these activities is expected to be a forum that brings together IPSH researchers with academically strong foreign researchers.

“The expected results from each of these activities are in the form of edited volumes, articles published in reputable journals, proceedings, and joint proposals for activities in 2023,” he said.

Second, through the design of research process at the Program Home, which is slightly different from previous years. This process has been adjusted so that researchers are accustomed to producing articles in each year of research. The process begins with a Design Research Seminar held in March. With a solid research design, researchers can be more effective and efficient in carrying out research, not wasting time and money in field research.

Third, the next strategy is to adopt a system that has been carried out by certain campuses, such as the FIB, University of Indonesia (UI); namely submitting a book or edited volume proposal to a reputable international publisher such as Springer. The proposals submitted are based on the research themes carried out by the researchers themselves. This is done so that the publishing process is not only supervised by the Research Center, but by the publisher directly from the beginning of the research. “Currently, there are nine edited-volume proposals submitted by IPSH to Springer for review,” said Najib.

This edited-volume strategy is also an effort to avoid researchers from being trapped in predatory journals. In some cases, when encouraged to publish works in journals by several educational institutions or research institutions, what happens is that researchers publish their works in fake journals that pay a certain amount of money.

“According to the directives from the Head of BRIN, we DO NOT and will NEVER want to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC). Journals that ask for APC, especially those that reach tens of millions, are an indicator of predatory journals or fake journals. There are hundreds of credible journals that are free of charge,” explained the man who earned a master’s degree in Islamic Studies at Leiden University.

Fourth, change of frame of understanding of Performance Allowance (Tukin) as a form of appreciation and incentive to researchers who produce good works. According to him, Tukin is not the same as salaries given to the employees. Tukin is based on the performance and how well a researcher produces knowledge. Therefore, those who are most entitled to full Tukin are those who perform well. “The application of this system can avoid the negative atmosphere that working or not all researchers will get the same Tukin,” he explained.

Fifth, change of the IPSH RO’s website to be fully in English. The website is expected to be a showcase for knowledge production carried out at IPSH and serves as a window for foreign academics to start collaborating with researchers at IPSH. The process of changing the ipsh.bri.go.id website to English is still in progress and is expected to be completed soon. (jml/ed: drs)