Lag in scientific papers not only about language

Despite their large numbers of students, Indonesian universities lag behind in scientific publications compared with other countries in Southeast Asia, writes Anton Hermansyah for The Jakarta Post.

Based on scientific journal citations by Google Scholar in 2015, Gadjah Mada University ranks first among Indonesian universities with the highest number of scientific publication citations, amounting to 16,809 citations. The Bandung Institute of Technology and the University of Indonesia rank second and third with 13,651 and 10,612 citations respectively. However, these figures are still far behind other Southeast Asian universities.

"We have always made an excuse for the situation, blaming a 'lack of English-writing ability' as the main reason. Actually, the problem is much more complicated. A lack of experience in publishing in scientific journals is one of the problems," Indonesian Academy of Sciences Chairman Sangkot Marzuki told in a recent interview.
Full report on The Jakarta Post site