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Holland Alumni Lecture: Composing Bachelor and Master Thesis into Journal Article

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Holland Alumni Network, Indonesia in collaboration with ISAIs (Institute of Southeast Asian Islam) UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, held a general lecture themed ‘Composing Bachelor and Master Thesis into Journal Article’ on Saturday, December 12, 2020, through Zoom Cloud platform. Invited as speakers, two Holland Alumni, Ahmad Fuady, PhD, a lecturer at Universitas Indonesia and a graduate Doctor from Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Nurenzia Yannuar, PhD, a lecturer at Universitas Negeri Malang who hold a doctorate from Leiden University. As the collaborator, ISAIs, represented by Nor Ismah, took an opportunity to do a ‘Soft Launching’ for the forthcoming program ‘Journal Publishing Workshop: Composing Bachelor and Master Thesis into Journal Article in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences’. Also included in the session was a presentation from Alumni Officer Nuffic Neso Indonesia, Dito Alif Pratama. Acting as the facilitator of the lecture was Atina Rosydiana, an alumna from Wageningen University.  

The first speaker, Ahmad Fuady highlighted that transforming thesis into an article journal is doable yet, need persistence. He began to ask the audience to find out the “why” or the reason behind writing an article journal. This reason for him is essential to measure how resilience the writer will be along the writing process. He kept reminding the audience that writing journal could be complicated as it includes the writing process, multiple reviews, and revision stages until it finally accepted and published. Ahmad also noted that thesis product could be lengthy, whereas an article journal should be concise and compact. Thus, he suggested choosing priority in transforming the thesis into a journal, whether to take out some chapters from the thesis or to have them simplified.  Tips given by Ahmad was to follow ‘step by step’ in writing an article journal. First, finding a mentor to ask for guidance. The mentor could be thesis supervisor or a senior who experienced in publishing journal. Second, to be persistent, as writing journal began from scratch until its ready-served. Third, considering the ‘why’, as it leads to the journal target. It includes the targeted journal rank (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4). Last but least, Ahmad also reminds to have a pre-submission review. Asking others, friends, or colleagues to read and give comments upon the journal draft. Do not be shy or scared to have the draft reviewed and criticized by others. 

The following speaker was Nurenzia who delivered her presentation into three stages on publishing journal: Pre-Writing, During Writing and Post-Writing. In the Pre-Writing part, Nurenzia reminds the audience about the difference between thesis and published journal. Thesis, either bachelor or master, was a prerequisite to finish an academic program or to get a degree, whereas journal is a publication product. Thus, transforming a thesis into a journal will not be considered as double publication or self-plagiarism. Nurenzia also finds that having any contact with the thesis supervisor is essential to do. Some supervisors, such in Indonesia, would be willing to be involved in the journal process and even be delighted to be the second author. Nureniza said about the importance of setting motivation, and it includes having a list of targeted journals and reading many kinds of literature that will support the journal writing process. Similar to Ahmad, Nurenzia mentioned that writing journal could be exhausting because even if it’s written and submitted, it may need a long-review stage. Thus, she suggests to not procrastinating any steps measured within writing journal. 

The ‘Soft-Launching’ program for ‘Journal Publishing Workshop; Composing Bachelor and Master Thesis into Journal Article in the Field of Humanities’ was held with a technical presentation by Nor Ismah, the program coordinator. The program is open for registration on December 12, 2020. The program is targeting 18 selected participants: 9 bachelor thesis and 9 master thesis. As a prerequisite of joining the program, the participant should own a thesis, either bachelor or master, written in either Bahasa Indonesia or English, although preferably in English. Other selection criteria consider the motivation, gender, campus or university, region and disabilities. The announcement for selected participants on early February and the workshop will be held on February 6-23, 2020. The participants will have their final presentation on February 16-26, 2020.

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