Minda Masagi Press, as a publisher owned by ASPENSI (the Association of Indonesian Scholars of History Education), has collaborated with UT (Indonesia Open University) Jakarta in managing the scholarly journals of EDUCARE and SOSIOHUMANIKA, starting issue of February and May in 2015. The MoA (Memorandum of Agreement) between both sides (ASPENSI and UT) has also been signed on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014, at one of the offices of UT Jakarta.
According to Dr. Effendi Wahyono, a senior lecturer at UT Jakarta, his higher education institution wants to have the scholarly journals not only accredited by Ditjendikti Kemdikbud RI (Directorate-General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia), but also it can be published regularly. UT itself, Effendi added, has had four scholarly journals, but due to lack of the editors whose concern to manage the journals caused it cannot be published regularly; and authomatically it will also not be accredited by Ditjendikti Kemdikbud RI.
“Hopefully, by joining with ASPENSI, UT Jakarta is able to learn more about how to manage the scholarly journals”, Effendi said.
Meanwhile, Andi Suwirta, as Chairperson of ASPENSI in Bandung, said that in managing the scholarly journals there are three important things, namely: editors, capitals, and articles. Professional editors are needed to manage the journals; the capitals are also important to budget the journals in order it can be published; and the articles that come from other institutions and countries around the world are very critical to show the quality of the scholarly journals.
“I think ASPENSI just has had the Editors who concern and professional in managing the journal. Certainly, ASPENSI still needs to collaborate with other institutions to get the capitals and articles in order the scholarly journals can be published”, Andi added.
As we know that Minda Masagi Press, until now, has been successfully publishing five scholarly journals and all has been joining publication with other institutions, such as:
SOSIOHUMANIKA: Jurnal Pendidikan Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, firstly published in 2008, issued every May and November, published by Minda Masagi Press in Bandung, and organized by LP2M UNHAS (Research Institute and Community Service, Hasanuddin University) in Makassar; and PPs UNIPA (Graduate Program, University of PGRI Adibuana) in Surabaya, Indonesia.
EDUCARE: International Journal for Educational Studies, firstly published in 2008, issued every August and February, published by Minda Masagi Press in Bandung, and organized by FKIP UMP (Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, Muhammadiyah University of Purwokerto) in Central Java, Indonesia.
TAWARIKH: International Journal for Historical Studies, firstly published in 2009, issued every October and April, published by Minda Masagi Press in Bandung, and organized by Department of History Education UVRI (Veteran University of the Republic of Indonesia) in Makassar, Indonesia.
ATIKAN: Jurnal Kajian Pendidikan, firstly published in 2011, issued every June and December, published by Minda Masagi Press in Bandung, and organized by FKIP UNSUR (Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, Suryakancana University) in Cianjur, Indonesia.
SUSURGALUR: Jurnal Kajian Sejarah & Pendidikan Sejarah, firstly published in 2013, issued every March and September, published by Minda Masagi Press in Bandung, and organized by APB UBD (Academy of Brunei Studies, University of Brunei Darussalam) and History Program UBD in Bandar Seri Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Finally, Andi stated that the key of success for Minda Masagi Press in publishing the scholarly journals is due to her motto: “Talk less and work more” [MAS]