It has been noted that articles published in scientific journals can be considered the symbol of academic
performance for any scientists and especially lecturers in universities. The faculty members in any
university can be proud of themselves when they have their research articles published in scientific
journals. These journals can be either nationally or internationally accredited. Being accredited means
that these journals have undergone rigorous scrutiny by the authorized body related to journal
Since the development of Information and technology (IT) assisted by the sophisticated internets has
penetrated the human being life, there have been many scientific journals rising both nationally and
internationally. In the global scale, the information has been flowing in and out like the huge wave in the
ocean throughout the globe. This condition makes any nations with their universities get immense
information coming in with different types and characteristics.
Yet, it is blurring to see which information is obviously ethical or not. All universities and their faculty
members are now crazy with pursuing themselves to have their research writing published in scientific
journals. As an editor-in-chief of a nationally accredited scientific journal in my country, I have got a lot
of articles coming in submitted by different authors. This is a nationally accredited scientific journal. Yet,
with its existence of being accredited by the national accreditation body, it gains its fame and popularity.
We can imagine what it looks like when a scientific journal is internationally accredited. We can assume
that there must be a long line of the contributors queuing to have their articles submitted and
published. The articles which have been published must also undergo reviewing by the reviewers before
they are published.
However, the more article contributors want their articles to be published in such journals, the more
new “scientific” journals are published and have come up in the websites. This condition leads to the
blurring scientific journals published by somewhat -faked journal publications. Some call them predatory
journal publications, while others term them faked journal publications.
Whatever term is used by global public community, the best way to have our articles published is to find
the clear identity of publishers. This way is intended to avoid publishing scientific articles in scientific
journals with unclear accreditation status. Especially in Indonesia, the government is very serious in
connection with the scientific journal publication. This is done by the government to avoid plagiarism
and articles published in the so-called faked or predatory scientific journals.
It is serious because the government will “punish” the faculty members of any universities who commit
plagiarism and even publish their articles in faked journals. For those who have been found guilty will be
punished. For example, publishing the articles with fully plagiarism, just copying another author’s article
and change the title, then publish it in scientific journals. The punishment is not only imposed on the
authors but also the publishers.
The authors can be fired from their position as lecturers or they are requested to resign from their job.
The publishers may not be allowed to publish their journals and it is difficult for them to propose for
getting their journals accredited. When the journals are published outside Indonesia, they are
blacklisted and it can be seen in the directorate general of higher education website. This looks like a
gambling between being alive and being dead in terms of the career.
So far, I have just trusted on the international journal publication by IAMURE (International Association
for Multidisciplinary Research). These publishers with all its scientific journals are in my consideration
the clear ones and they are ISO-based publication. For that reason, it is important for those who belong
to these IAMURE editorial boards to be very prudent in pursuing the best publication through reviewing
So far, the articles published in these journals have been sent to the reviewers and, therefore, they have
undergone serious scrutiny to have good articles. Even all the articles have been presented in
international seminars and thus have been “scrutinized” by the global audience orally. Some comments
and criticism for improvements must be the best way to make the articles have better quality.
To avoid having published scientific articles in the blurring journals thus being unethical, I would rather
trust on IAMURE scientific journals than others which may be still blurring.
DR. DJUWARI is the editor-in-chief of the accredited Journal of Economics, Business, and Accountancy,
published by STIE Perbanas Surabaya, Indonesia, also an editorial board member of the journals
published by IAMURE.