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Jakarta Post

Doubts linger over free e-journal databases

  • Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 15 2018   /  12:55 am

To encourage the production of original scientific research and journals, the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry recently subscribed to databases of foreign scientific e-journals, which can be accessed by Indonesian academics for free.

However, some university students have had trouble accessing the Rp 14.8 billion (US$ 1.08 million) database system.

An Nisaa Yovani, a 26-year-old student from Bandung, West Java, is one of many college students who has tried to use the ministry’s e-journal database system.

“The system oftentimes denied me access even though I used my student ID. I also often had to ask for help from my university library operators,” she said recently. “It took too much work to load the database; what a waste of the state budget.”

An Nisaa, who is pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology, said she initially pinned ...