Writing scientific articles to be published in the journal are an interesting activity. This is for those who are used to writing. For those who aren’t used to writing. Never mind writing scientific articles, just writing opinion articles becomes a heavy burden. Putting ideas and ideas into writing is not easy. It needs intensive training so that writing skills can be improved. Remember, that conveying our ideas and thoughts through writing will make it easier for readers to understand the flow of the idea.
Low literacy of reading and writing is a problem in this country. Literacy is low due to low reading interest as well. Sadly, such conditions occur in the school and college environment. Academics and teachers seem unable to improve reading and writing culture. How we expect students and students to have a high interest in reading, when their role models are not familiar with the world of reading and writing. No wonder such culture of seeing and hearing are so dominantly in our society. Ironically, most of us read with high literacy when using social media. fake news was swallowed raw without a sieve. But if asked to read a textbook or journal article, it feels like horror.
Why write a scientific article?
Facts show that the productivity of publications in scientific journals of our researchers and scientists is extremely low, compared to neighboring countries. The average scientific publication of academics in these countries is well above the average productivity of researchers and scientists in the country. Thankfully, the government is currently driving literacy from school to college level. Regardless of the policy is associated with obtaining credit numbers for the increase in the rank of teachers and lecturers, the demands of developing professionalism, or other reasons, at least slowly able to improve.
First, the culture of reading. The reach of journal articles is not limited to the local level (institutions or PT that have scientific journals), but nationally and even internationally. Especially for free access journals, able to improve the reading culture of the community, especially the scientific community. The current journal format not only has to have a print version, but also in online form.
Second, the analysis. Unlike other written works (opinions, features, books), reading journal articles can slowly improve the analytical skills of its readers. In the literature review section, for example, reflected how the author analyzes in depth theories and concepts related to research problems. In addition, in the results and discussion section of the article presented the results of analysis of research findings data. Please read the post of Why are your journal articles rejected.
Third, writing culture. Once someone successfully publishes an article in a scientific journal, the urge to write again will be even stronger. There is a sense of pride when the research article is published in an indexed journal. To produce proficient writing, of course, the culture of reading must also be high.
Fourth, appreciate the work of others. A good article will always avoid academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism, data fabrication, and data falsification. A good writer will uphold the ethics of writing. Thus, a culture of appreciating the work of others is highly enforced in the community of researchers and scientists.
Fifth, sharing culture. The nature of true researchers and scientists is willing to share knowledge with the wider community. This is part of the moral responsibility of researchers and scientists. By publishing the results of research in the journal as a form of moral responsibility.
Consciousness or compulsion?
For most academics and teachers, writing a journal article is a frightening scourge. Reluctance to write journal articles, resulting in the results of the study only lying in the warehouse. The dissemination function of research results does not work, after all financial accountability has been done in the form of research results reports. Remember that scientists have a moral obligation to announce the results, findings, conclusions, and implications of the results of research or study to our society. Our research findings are ended on the library shelves without being widely viewed by the public.
Authoring articles for scientific journals is different from other written works. Scientific articles follow typical writing standards to be published in journals both nationally and internationally. The style of curvature, grammar, scientific notation, and writing format between one journal and another journal have similarities. Journal articles are usually in the form of exposure to the results of research that has been done. By definition, a scientific journal is a form of publication that serves to register the activities of shortening, certifying the results of activities that meet smallest scientific requirements, issuing them widely to the public, and archiving all the findings of the results of the scientists’ shortness activities that are published.
Among academics, teachers, researchers and scientists, there are still a few with full awareness (not forced) routinely publishing the results of their research in journals. They act based on self-actualization as intellectuals in similar scientific communities. Their orientation is more to inner satisfaction as researchers who can issue research findings for the use of the wider community. The acquisition of credit figures for the increase in barbership and academic position is only the impact of the fulfillment of intellectual ability. Let us culture diligently authoring scientific articles in the environment of educational institutions, so that this nation can compete in the international sphere related to scientific publications.