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UGM Press Increases Digital Publishing and Digital Marketing in Facing the Challenges of Changing Post-Pandemic Publishing Culture

UGM Publishing and Publication Agency as a working unit at UGM that manages UGM Press as a national and international academic publisher, has the honor of being one of three publishers in Indonesia invited to be a resource person at the American Institute for Indonesian Studies-Michigan State University Conference on Indonesian Studies on current trends in Indonesian Publishing. Head of UGM Publishing and Publication Agency (BPP), Prof. Widodo, Ph.D., was a guest speaker at the virtual event held by Michigan State University Libraries and Library of Congress Field Office in Jakarta on June 22, 2022. Besides UGM Press, Gramedia and Mizan were also invited.

This event discussed the development of publishing in Indonesia before and after the Covid-19 pandemic with speakers from three publishing institutions with different criteria. UGM Press is representative of academic publishers, Gramedia is representative of general book publishers, and Mizan is the publisher of religious books. The challenges and strategies for publishing books in a new culture after the Covid-19 pandemic became an interesting topic of discussion. Not only in Indonesia, the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit all over the world also has affected consumer patterns and habits. Before the pandemic, consumers bought books physically at bookstores. However, since the pandemic, many bookstores have been unable to run their operations due to social regulations and declining purchasing power. As a result, publishers must look for new strategies or conduct business transformations to deal with changing consumer habits who shop through online marketplaces or in the form of e-books.

The spirit of publishing books may be hindered in academic books because research activities are also not as extensive as before the pandemic. Apart from this, there has been a decline in the purchasing power of printed books that have already been conventionally distributed. However, this was answered by Prof. Widodo, Ph.D., as a new challenge in adapting to various changes. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has not ended, the enthusiasm for publishing academic books at UGM Press is still increasing. The marketing strategy is also directed toward e-commerce which has become the best option for buying and selling transactions during the pandemic.

On this occasion, Prof. Widodo, Ph.D., also said that in facing the challenges of publishing, UGM Press would increase digital publishing and digital marketing by increasing book publications in the form of e-books and promotion through online marketplaces. With this, it is hoped that the distribution of UGM Press publications will be wider nationally and internationally. In addition, UGM Press will continue to increase opportunities to collaborate with international publishers, such as the collaboration with Springer that has previously been done. Muster it, UGM Press hopes to collaborate with other international publishers such as Elsevier and Emerald. This is possible considering that UGM Press has books on social science issues in Indonesia that are quite popular internationally.

SD Tumbuh 2 Visit to UGM Press

On Friday (27/5), fifth and sixth-grade students of SD Tumbuh 2 Wirobrajan Yogyakarta visited UGM Press. During the visit, the teachers accompanied the students. UGM Press warmly welcomed this visit. As the Marketing Coordinator representing UGM Press, Dimas introduced UGM Press to the students. “May 17 is the National Book Day. Of course, it must be commemorated so that the youth are more enthusiastic about reading,” Dimas explained.

Then, the program was continued by a talk on how to make books from the Publishing Division, Didi and Siti. Through illustrated slides, students are invited to know how a book is produced, from the beginning of the manuscript, the editing process by the editor, to layout and cover design. The students also actively participated in the game and received prizes from UGM Press.

After that, all students were divided into two groups to observe and learn directly about the book publishing process, starting from editing/language correction, design/layout, as well as the production stage or book printing and binding. Not only that, but some students are also interested in buying books at the UGM Press Bookstore.

According to SD Tumbuh 2, this visit’s purpose is to increase students’ reading interest and to hope that they can understand the world of publishing. “Hopefully, after this visit, the children will know more about the professions in the publishing world and enjoy reading more. Moreover, some of them have a hobby of writing. Reading and seeing firsthand the process of making books will help them in pursuing their hobbies,” said Nurhidayah, one of the teachers of SD Tumbuh 2. The visit ended with prayers, messages, and thanks from Mr. Iwan as the event guide.

Book Review “Antioksidan dalam Penanganan Sindrom Metabolik”

UGM Press published a book entitled “Antioksidan Dalam Penanganan Sindrom Metabolik” written by a lecturer at the UGM Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing (FK-KMK), Prof. Dr. Dra. Sunarti, M.Kes. This work was written to enrich the general public’s understanding of oxidative stress, metabolic syndrome, and local food sources rich in antioxidants.

“I was interested in writing this book because the prevalence of metabolic syndrome has increased from year to year,” Sunarti conveyed in an online book review event jointly held by FK-KMK and UGM Press Thursday (19/5). The World Health Organization (WHO) states that nutritional factors affect more than two-thirds of diseases worldwide. Unbalanced nutritional intake in the body, both in number and type, will trigger the metabolic syndrome. Sunarti explained that the increasing prevalence of the metabolic syndrome is related to changes in diet. “It interferes with metabolism in our bodies, causing metabolic syndrome associated with central obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension,” he explained.

The speed of changes in people’s lifestyles towards a diet high in fat and sugar and low physical activity triggers a shift in the acceleration of the onset of metabolic syndromes such as central obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and hypertension accompanied by oxidative stress. It is also a risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus, cancer, obesity, stroke, and cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease. People with diseases related to metabolic syndrome experience oxidative stress due to excessive production of free radicals, so the body’s antioxidant defense system cannot cope. This condition will aggravate the disease and trigger complications, so to overcome it, additional external antioxidants are needed, such as getting nutritional therapy in the form of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. He continued those efforts to explore the potential of local food as a source of antioxidants are essential for further studies. This study is expected to be a means to understand the mechanism of oxidative stress and its triggering factors, and the metabolic pathways that are affected. “In our tropical country, there are lots of local food ingredients that contain lots of antioxidants, and there are distinct types,” said Sunarti.

Local foods such as gembili, pumpkin, orange sweet potato, beetroot, soybean, and purple corn can be a source of antioxidants. Pumpkin, for example, is a local food ingredient widely available in the yards of people in rural areas and has not been widely used by the community. Pumpkin is rich in carotene as an antioxidant that can overcome oxidative stress, improve propylene, and blood glucose. Hopefully, we can use these local ingredients to treat metabolic syndrome so that it can reduce the incidence of metabolic syndrome-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Sunarti.

Non-fiction Script Book Editing Training and Professional Certification of Writers and Professional Editor

Badan Penerbit dan Publikasi Universitas Gadjah Mada (BPP UGM) which manages publishing and printing activities at UGM press organized “Non-fiction Script Book Editing Training and Professional Certification of Writers and Professional Editor” for the UGM Press editorial team on 29th-30th March 2022 at Eastparc Hotel, Yogyakarta. This event was attended by 15 participants who are the editors of UGM Press and want to improve their competence in editing manuscripts according to the designated standards, identifying weaknesses and errors in manuscripts, applying editing aspects, and performing mechanical editing in book manuscripts that UGM Press will publish. In addition, participants received a certificate of professional competency for writers and professional editors from the appointed Professional Writer and Editors’ Professional Certification Institutions.

The training presented speaker from the Institute of Indonesian Writers, PT Inkubator Penulis Indonesia, Central Jakarta, Bambang Trimansyah, S.S. and Epik Finilih, S.Si., and two assessors from Lembaga Sertifikasi Profesi Penulis dan Editor Profesional, Dr. Sriyanto and Sabjan Badio, M.Pd. The Head of BPP UGM, Prof. Widodo, S.P, M.Sc., Ph.D. conveyed in his speech that there is an urge to improve the ability and competence of writers and editors at UGM Press, one of which is through training. Besides, competency tests that are also held during the event can be a leading way for other academic civitates of UGM to receive training and professional certification of writers and professional editors from Lembaga Sertifikasi Profesi Penulis dan Editor Profesional.

Test for Certification of Profession Writer and Professional Editor was conducted with two methods, portfolio and competency test attended by all training participants. The competency test is conducted as a part of BPP UGM’s efforts in maintaining and improving the quality of academic book script editing at UGM Press. Thus, the competence of the UGM Press editorial team can be improved in terms of quality and professionalism. [Harman]

UGM Book Writing Workshop in 2022

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 BPP UGM held a virtual UGM book writing workshop. This workshop is one of the efforts to increase the quantity and quality of books published by the UGM academic community. As stated by the Head of BPP UGM, Prof. Widodo, SP, M.Sc. Ph.D, that books are one of the main types of university performance index achievements. On this occasion, he also conveyed the importance of choosing a publisher who is not predatory so that the quality of the books published can be guaranteed, one of which is by choosing a reputable academic publisher.

UGM Press as a reputable academic publisher provides opportunities for all UGM academics to publish research results, community service, or scientific field experiences at UGM Press through various schemes. By being oriented to the quality of the books published, UGM Press always prioritises the peer review of incoming manuscripts by cooperating with experts who are in accordance with the theme of the manuscript as reviewers. Free of charge, both UGM and non-UGM academics can publish their books at UGM Press.

In this event, two resource persons were presented who are active and productive lecturers in publishing books, namely Prof. Dr. Zullies Ikawati, Apt. from the Faculty of Pharmacy UGM and Harry Freitag Luglio Muhammad, S.Gz., Dietisien, M.Sc., from the Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing UGM. Both of them are here to provide tips and share experiences regarding theme selection and book writing systematics. The event which was attended by 107 participants from both lecturers and education staff went smoothly. The enthusiasm of the participants was evident from the many positive responses and questions addressed to the two resource persons.

In addition to the presentation of the material by the two resource persons, on this occasion there was also a socialization of the book publishing program at UGM Press by the Head of Publishing and Printing Division of BPP UGM, Dr. I Wayan Mustika, M.eng. In the opportunity given, it was explained about the three book publishing schemes that can be chosen, namely the work book grant scheme, the mandate scheme, and the regular scheme. The three schemes have different technicalities in the administrative process and publishing stage without reducing the weight of the quality value of the manuscripts processed. The publishing technique was also explained in detail by the UGM Press editorial team, followed by an explanation of the marketing field by the UGM Press marketing team. Through this event, it is hoped that the publication of books from the UGM academic community, whether published at UGM Press or in other publishers, can increase.

Telkom University Visit

Thursday, January 27, 2022 UGM received a visit from Telkom University in the context of benchmarking the PPM Directorate at Telkom University to the UGM P2M management unit. Head of Publishing and Publication Agency UGM, Prof. Widodo, M.Sc., Ph.D and the Director of the Directorate of Community Service, Prof. Ir. Irfan Dwidya Prijambada, M.Eng., Ph.D. warmly welcomed this visit by giving an explanation about the implementation of publication management and community service at UGM.

The presentation regarding the management of the publications and journals was delivered by the Head of The Publications and Journals of BPP UGM, Dr. Ratih Fitria Putri while the explanation about publishing and printing was explained by the Head of Publishing and Printing at BPP UGM, Dr. I Wayan Mustika, M.Eng. While the presentation about the management of the field of community service was delivered by Prof. Ir. Irfan Dwidya Prijambada, M.Eng., Ph.D.

The benchmarking activity by Telkom University to UGM is to find out more about the management of community service, publications, and journal management at UGM.

Workshop on Evaluation of 2021 Activities and Strategies for Achieving Targets for 2022

Badan Penerbit dan Publikasi UGM (BPP) held a workshop “Evaluation of 2021 Activities and Strategy for Achieving Targets for 2022” on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Eastparc Hotel, Yogyakarta, involving all leaders and staff within BPP UGM. This event aims to evaluate the implementation of programs and activities that have been conducted by BPP UGM in 2021, as well as to develop plans and strategies for achieving performance targets in 2022. In this workshop, discussions were also held on standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines for routine activities held by BPP UGM every year.

In the evaluation session, it was reported about the achievement of the performance target of BPP UGM which is mandated in 2021. The number of publications of UGM lecturers in reputable international journals has increased significantly compared to 2020. In addition to quantity, in terms of quality, BPP UGM has succeeded in overseeing the management of UGM journals in accreditation and indexation which made the reputation of UGM journals at the national and international level increase. The number of citations for the publications of the UGM academic community also continues to increase both at Scopus and Google Scholars. Head of BPP UGM, Prof. Widodo, M.Sc., Ph.D., in his speech also gave directions to all BPP UGM staff to continue to increase work productivity with projected performance planning far ahead.

The event was opened by the UGM Vice Chancellor for Research and Community Service (P2M), drg. Ika Dewi Ana, M.Kes., Ph.D., who in her speech expressed her appreciation for the work productivity of all staff so that BPP UGM can achieve every well-defined performance target and be able to support university performance in general. In addition, it was also conveyed about the importance of sincerity in work which is based as a form of worship. The Vice-Chancellor for P2M UGM also hopes that through various work programs that have been established, BPP UGM can further increase its participation in the mission of educating the nation’s life.

This event went smoothly with the outputs of the work program design activities for 2022 as well as draft SOPs and work program guidelines to be implemented.

Winner of UGM Achievement Person for Publication in 2021

Every year UGM gives awards to UGM academicians who excel in various categories, one of which is in the field of publications and citations where this award is given to UGM lecturers who actively publish their research results in reputable international journals that have high impact factors and citations impacts. In 2021, five UGM lecturers with the best publications and citations were selected as winners.

For the field of Social-Humanities, Dr. M. Falikul Isbah, GDSoc., MA, from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, was chosen as the winner in his article entitled “Pesantren in the changing Indonesian context: History and current developments” which was published in the Qudus International Journal of Islamic Studies. For the field of Agro, Prof. Dr. Ir. Chusnul Hidayat, from the Faculty of Agricultural Technology was chosen as the winner in his article entitled “Enzymatic and chemical synthesis of high mono- and diacylglycerol from palm stearin and olein blend at different types of reactor stirrers” which was published in the Journal of the Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences.

For the field of Health, Prof. dr. Adi Utarini, M.Sc., MPH., Ph.D., from the Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing was chosen as the winner in his article entitled “Efficacy of Wolbachia-infected mosquito deployments for the control of dengue” which was published in the New British Journal of Medicine. For the engineering field, Chandra Wahyu Purnomo, ST, ME, M.Eng., D.Eng., from the Faculty of Engineering was chosen as the winner in his article entitled “Technological review on thermochemical conversion of COVID-19-related medical wastes” which was published in Resources, Conservation, and Recycling.

For the field of science, Prof. Yusril Yusuf, S.Si., M.Si., M.Eng., D.Eng., Ph.D., from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences was chosen as the winner in his article entitled “Nanofibrous poly (vinyl alcohol)/ chitosan contained carbonated hydroxyapatite nanoparticles scaffold for bone tissue engineering” published in Materials Science and Engineering C.

The award certificate was handed over directly by the Vice-Chancellor for Planning, Finance, and Information Systems, Supriyadi, Ph.D., M.Sc., CA., Ak. on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, at the “Award Night for People of Universitas Gadjah Mada with Achievements 2021” which was held at Grha Sabha Pramana UGM. The awarding is expected further to ignite the interest of the UGM academic community to work and implement the tri dharma of higher education, one of which is by actively writing scientific articles and publishing them in reputable journals that have high impact factors and citation impacts.

The visit of the Parliamentary News Bureau of the Secretariat General of the DPR RI to BPP UGM

Badan Penerbit dan Publikasi of Gadjah Mada University (BPP UGM) received a visit from the Secretariat General of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR-RI) on Friday, November 12nd, 2021. The visit was part of the “Information Dissemination on In-House Publishing and Digital Publishing” agenda attended by 12 staff from the Parliamentary News Bureau, the Secretariat General of the DPR RI.

Head of BPP UGM, Prof. Widodo, M.Sc. Ph.D., in his speech, conveyed information about the management of publications at UGM for journals, proceedings, and books published by UGM PRESS. In addition, in particular, the Parliamentary News Bureau of the Secretariat General of the DPR RI also intends to obtain further information about digital publishing management. Dr. I Wayan Mustika explained that the Publishing and Publication Agency currently manages the publication portal digitalpress.ugm.ac.id, which is a medium for information on proceedings and books published by UGM Press. With strict publishing standards and oriented to the quality of publications, digitalpress.ugm.ac.id can support the massive dissemination of publications at UGM based on digital platforms.

Deputy for Sessions, Parliamentary News Bureau, Secretariat General of the DPR RI, Dra. Damayanti, M.Si. said that the Secretariat General of the DPR RI would like to get more detailed information regarding quality standards in the publishing and printing process so that through a visit to BPP UGM, it is hoped that this can be the first step in setting quality standards at the Parliamentary News Bureau of the Secretariat General of the DPR RI. In addition, it is hoped that there will be cooperation between the Secretariat General of the DPR RI and UGM in terms of publications.

Workshop on Capacity Building to Build Good Teamwork at BPP UGM

Saturday, October 30th, 2021, BPP UGM held a self-development workshop for all staff. The activity with the theme “Employee Self-Motivation to Encourage the Development of a Productive Organizational Culture” was attended by all BPP UGM staff online. This activity aims to understand the soft competencies that BPP and UGM Press staff need to have. Through this activity, the staff is expected to understand the importance of increasing employee competence, including knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Specifically, it includes adapting to change, integrity, continuous learning, stakeholder service, teamwork and collaboration, communication, time management, problem-solving, and efficiency targets.

Head of BPP UGM, Prof. Widodo, M.Sc. Ph.D., in his opening remarks, expressed his hope that through this activity, the BPP and UGM Press staff would be able to improve their effective and efficient performance further to support productivity according to the duties and functions of each staff. This activity collaborates with the Human Quality Development Unit (UPKM) of the Faculty of Psychology UGM. Even though the training took place virtually, all participants seemed enthusiastic about participating in the entire series of events.