MORE needs to be done to improve the quality of Malaysia’s scholastic journals and articles.
Malaysian Scholarly Publication Council (Mapim) executive committee chairman Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Wahab Mohammad said some of the entries they received for this year’s National Book Awards did not even meet the minimum requirements.
“There are still some weaknesses that resulted in several nominations being rejected, especially in the Best Editing Work category,” he said during the Mapim-KPM 2018 Award Ceremony held recently.
However, he said there was an overall improvement in the quality of the publications that won this year and that most of the six categories had main prize winners.
Awards were given for six categories – Best Scholarly Book, Best General Scholarly Book, Best Editing Work, Best Script Editor, Best Journal Papers and Best Book Design.
Each category was divided into two fields, which are humanities’ social science and medical technology science.
There are three prizes for each category – main award, appreciation award and the appreciation prize.
Award winners at the 12th award ceremony received a cash prize, a trophy and a certificate each.
At the event, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said the number of scientific papers being published in Malaysia was still low.
She added that the government aims to have 31,700 titles being published annually by 2020, compared to the 19,713 published in 2017.
“I would like to call on scholars to continue to work and publish scientific books covering various humanities’ social science and medical technology science topics,” she said.
She added that scholars should also explore writing about new fields such as Industrial Revolutions 4.0 and 5.0.
Prof Abdul Wahab hoped the ministry would continue providing support and funding to Mapim so that they can continue their work of producing and publishing scientific books and local academic journals.