The 1st Meeting of the Local Board for Thailand

As part of the “Scopus-Thailand University Consortium and the Thai and ASEAN journals for indexing in Scopus” Project, Thai-Journal Citation Index (TCI) Centre carefully selected and nominated the 17 experts in their academic fields to be the Thai Local Board who would review quality of each Thai journal article in each subject area before submitting to Scopus. The 17 experts were from 10 universities/research centres around Thailand.

To equip them with better understanding of their roles and commitment as the Thai Local Board, the TCI organized the 1st Local Board meeting under the topic “The pilot project on Proactive Training and Mentoring Program for Promoting high Potential Thai Journals to Scopus Database” on April 21, 2017 at the meeting room of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT).

Prof. Dr. Narongrit Sombatsompop, Head of this Project who also serves as Head of TCI and Chairman of the ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) Steering Committee, informed the audience on how this initiative comes to live, the benefit and advantages of this project for Thailand, how TCI selected the 55 high potential academic journals for possible inclusion into Scopus, how the 55 journals have been informed and helped to make their journals in line with the Scopus journal selection criteria. In addition, he also informed the audience about the roles of the Scopus’ Expert Content Selection Advisory Committee (ECSAC) and the roles of this Thai Local Board.  Prof Dr Narongrit Sombatsompop also invited them to attend the coming seminar on April 28, 2017 where the Local Board could meet with an Elsevier representative who has been responsible for the pre-evaluation of all submitted journals into Scopus.

This meeting was part of the jointly project initiated by the  Thai-Journal Citation Index Centre (TCI), the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thammasat University and Scopus  to improve research performance of Thailand via developing the quality of academic journals for possible inclusion in the Scopus within minimum timeframe and establishing the Thai University consortium for Scopus subscription.