On April 28, 2017 the Thai-Journal Citation Index (TCI) Centre, the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and Thammasat University jointly organized a Seminar on “Scopus-Thailand University Consortium and the Thai and ASEAN journals for indexing in Scopus” at the Windsor Suites Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The seminar aimed to provide more important information on how to proceed with the university consortium project, how to improve Thai and ASEAN journals for possible inclusion in the Scopus, the training/workshops provided by the TCI and Scopus, and the benefit for the 35 universities within the Consortium during the next 3 years (2017-2019). This event was part of the collaborative pilot project between the TCI, the TRF and Scopus on improving Thai research productivity and performance. There were 190 participants, including university executives, university library directors, research and development institute directors, editors, editorial board members, librarians, researchers, Scopus representatives and press attended the seminar. The speakers were from TCI and Elsevier.
The Seminar was presided over by Prof Dr Sompong Klaynongsurang, Director for Academic Research Division of the TRF followed by a special speech by Assoc Prof Dr Bundit Fungtammasarn, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation. KMUTT on “Enhancing research productivity and quality in universities”. Prof Dr Narongrit Sombatsompop presented to the audience the “Rationale for initiating a Pilot Project on Scopus-Thailand University Consortium and the Thai and ASEAN journals for indexing in Scopus”. After the morning break, the audience was divided into 2 groups, the Scopus-Thailand University Consortium for the Library Directors and the Thai and ASEAN journals for indexing in Scopus for the Editors.
In the Scopus-Thailand University Consortium’s room, Mrs Srichan Chancheewa from TCI presented the Progress on the Scopus-Thailand University Consortium, followed by Mr Wee Li Lim from Elsevier who gave detail about the payment for the Scopus subscription. The training/workshops for university consortium was proposed by Mr Derrick Duncombe from Elsevier and internal discussion on TRF support to Scopus-Thailand University Consortium was moderated by Mrs Srichan Chancheewa and Mrs Preeyanuch Ratchatahirun from TCI. During the Q&A session, the questions on how to make the payment for Scopus subscription, process and procedures to transfer the TRF funding to each university, and the schedule for the proposed training/workshops were asked.
In the Thai and ASEAN journals for Indexing in Scopus’s room, the highlight topic entitled “Overview on Scopus database: how to evaluate journal titles for indexing in Scopus?” was presented by Mr Shareef Bhailal of Elsevier. He outlined journal selection criteria for Scopus and the workflow of Scopus Title Evaluation Platform (STEP). In addition, he also provided comments and suggestions for 20 high potential Thai journals on how to improve the quality to meet with the Scopus criteria, followed by the Q&A session which was very interactive. After lunch, 3 sessions, research metrics, research social network for improving collaboration and visibility via Mendeley, and proposed Scopus training/workshops were presented by Elsevier representatives, namely Alexander van Servellen, Woon Qing Yong and Derrick Duncombe, respectively. The last session was the Q&A which was moderated by Prof Dr Narongrit Sombatsompop. Most of the questions were related to how to improve their journals to meet with the Scopus criteria, e.g. H-index of Editors, journals with the university names, coverage of the journals, etc. In addition, questions on Mendeley, e.g. the differences between the free and the institutional edition, how to register, when to start, etc. were also asked.
The participants were very happy and very much look forward to joining the next activities provided by the TCI and Elsevier.