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The 2nd Seminar on the TCI-TSRI-Scopus Collaboration Project, Phase 3 (2023-2025)

The Thai-Journal Citation Index (TCI) Centre, the Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) jointly organised the 2nd seminar on the TCI-TSRI-Scopus Collaboration Project, Phase 3 (2023-2025) on March 16th, 2023 at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok, Thailand. There were 90 editors and the editorial board members from 45 journals attended the Seminar.

Regarding the program, Prof.Dr Narongrit Sombatsompop, Head of the TCI, briefly presented the outputs and impacts of the past Project in Phase 1 and 2. He highlighted that, in Phase 1 and 2, 40 Thai journals were accepted to be indexed in Scopus which led to the increasing number of articles and the higher journal quartiles over time. He emphasized that this Phase 3 project will do the same processes as those in Phase 1 and 2, which are to improve journal quality up to the Scopus standard and to improve the journal quartile to be higher during 2023-2026.

The next speaker was Tracy Chen, Senior Product Manager, Content and Policy, Elsevier, who presented details about Scopus database in terms of the number of indexed documents, number of CSAB, as well as the journal selection criteria for Scopus. The Criteria comprise 5 categories:- Journal Policy, Quality of Content, Journal Standing, Regularity and Online Availability. In addition, she also informed 4 steps on the journal selection process to the audience, which were 1) Self-Checking and title submission 2) Minimum criteria checking 3) Expert review and decision and 4) Accepted journal data indexing.

The last speaker was Prof. Julie Li, from City University of Hong Kong who also serves as the CSAB Chair – Business, Management & Accounting; Economics, Econometrics & Finance. She mentioned about the Scopus as the standard tool for evaluation, ranking, reporting, and landscape analysis, roles of CSAB, and the 5 categories of the Scopus journal selection criteria. In addition, some expectations from the CSAB when evaluating journal titles and key considerations of each criteria were focused and elaborated.

There were various questions and concerns for the 2 latter speakers regarding the steps and criteria for journal selection for Scopus. The 2 speakers provided excellent answers and suggestions which make the participants understand more about the Scopus criteria and the related processes.