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ACI Journey


The journey for the development of the ACI


The Thai-Journal Citation Index Centre, or TCI, was first introduced publicly via a research project, financially supported by King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). The project, entitled "Assessment of Citation Impact Factor Indexes for Thai Academic Journals", was written by Professor Narongrit Sombatsompop, the founder of the TCI, and his colleagues who gathered the publication and citation data of articles published by Thai journals, and also calculated the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) value of 68 Thai academic journals.

The results found that the quality of most of the Thai journals and their articles needed to be improved to meet the international standard.
July 1, 2004
Establishment of the Thai-Journal Citation Index (TCI) Center which has been financially supported by the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). The initial aims of setting up the database were for storing and searching publications and citations in Thai academic journals, and for reporting the journal quality index of Thai academic journals on a yearly basis.

Most of the indexed journals focussed at the time were on science and technology areas. In 2008 the TCI Centre, in collaboration with Thammasat University Library, indexed the publications and citations from humanities and social sciences journals.
The TCI is well maintained and established. It has 5 missions :
  1. Collect published articles and citations for Thai journals, and develop search and retrieval tools in the form of sustainable TCI database
  2. Report the Thai journal impact factors on a yearly basis in the same way as those provided by ISI
  3. Conduct scientometrics research in related issues and publish articles regularly in national and international journals
  4. Provide academic and social services as well as training and consultancy on how to improve the journal quality across the country
  5. Seek partnership with related organizations both locally and internationally
Contributions and Impacts of TCI for Thailand and in the Improvement of Thai Journal Quality and Research
  • Thailand has its own online database which contains not only bibliographic records of journal articles, but also the citations
  • More online publications of Thai journals.[greater than 200 online journals]
  • Based on citation records and the impact factors, some of the journals have much higher submissions, whereas some had to terminate themselves due to too low submissions.
  • Thai articles have greater visibilities (more Thai journals indexed in ISI and Scopus, higher impact factors, more citations, authorships).
  • TCI's database supports the HEIs, and funding agencies for quality assurance evaluations, research assessment exercises, academic promotions, funding allocations.
  • Setting out Quality Criteria for Thai Academic Journals
  • Assessment and Classification of Thai Journals based on Quality
  • Awarding Best Thai Journals on the National and International Levels
  • Increased National Visibility: More People are Reading Thai Research Articles
  • Greater International Visibility
  • Better Identification of Thai Research Performance
  • Organizing Annual Symposium to Gain Understanding and Local Acceptability
December 2009
TCI was visited by the Commission on Higher Education of Malaysia,
headed by Prof.Dr. Abu Bakar Salleh
(Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research & Innovation Universiti Malaysia Putra)

March 11, 2010
Dr Sumate Yamnoon, Secretary-General, Commission on Higher Education, Thailand presented the Country Progress Report and Future Prospects of the Collaboration on "Area IV: ASEAN Research Clusters" to the Director-General/Secretary-General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asian region

At the 4th Meeting of Director-General/Secretary-General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asian region, Jakarta, Indonesia
Dr Sumate Yamnoon also presented a topic on "ASEAN Citation Index (ACI): Lesson learned from the Thai-Journal Citation Index (TCI) : a pride journey in improving journal qualities for Thailand" to the delegation as an example for the successful national citation index database and proposed to collaborative develop the ACI as an important resource to enhance the ASEAN research cluster.
June 2011
TCI organized a meeting among representatives from Indonesia , Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand to share current status on the development of each National Citation Index (NCI) database and also discussing next steps of setting up ACI

  • Start to develop Malaysian Citation Index called MyCite & Myjournal databases in March 2011 by Univ. of Malaya
  • MCC is endorsed & financially supported by MOHE
  • database include online journal submission system (Myjournal) and citation (MyCite) databases.
  • Start to develop Indonesian Citation Index (ICI) in May 2011 by applying the SiteSeer system
  • ICI received the financial support from the MONE
  • Expected to launch its service and functions by the end of the year 2011.
The Philippines
  • Not yet developed the NCI database, but will make a decision to adapt either the TCI or the MCC system
  • Has developed the Thai-Journal Citation Index (TCI) Database since 2001
  • Currently houses 440 Thai journals, both in S&T and H&SS areas.
  • Published articles & their citation details & calculations of annual journal impact factors are included.
  • Online journal system for journal submission has just been started by TCI and aimed to serve all the journals within the TCI database
July 2011
Meeting with the Director of Library of Congress (USA)
  • There have been enormous needs in the US and Europe to have information and publish literatures from ASEAN as such information are not available in international databases.
  • There are a number of departments and researchers that are carrying Asian and ASEAN studies. They noted that there are difficulties in accessing the information of the Asian and ASEAN countries.
  • This stresses the importance of the regional collaboration on establishing ACI database.
August 2011
The Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) of Thailand supported the TCI in establishing the ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) database.

The ACI database system was studied, designed & developed by the TCI team and expected to be completed by the end of 2012
  • The ACI database comprises 4 major functions: Data input function; Search & Display functions (general & cited search);Data export function; and Analysed Function
December 2011
Presenting a paper regarding to NCI & ACI concept at the Workshop entitled "Raising the Visibility of Vietnam's HE research capability to the International Community" held in Hanoi, Vietnam,

By Prof. Dr. Narongrit Sombatsompop, the Head of TCI Center
  • The presentation included the importance of ASEAN's scholarly publishing & the development of TCI, NCI & ACI
  • The NCI & ACI concept received well response from the audience
February 17, 2012
Presenting a paper on the Workshop on "CHED-UP Seminar- Workshop: Upgrading SUC Journals to International Standards", in Quezon, Philippines,

By Prof. Dr. Narongrit Sombatsompop, the Head of TCI Center
  • The presentation on the importance of ASEAN's scholarly publishing and the development of TCI, NCI and ACI at the workshop in Quezon, Philippines.
  • The NCI and ACI concept received well response from the audience.
April 4, 2012
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piniti Ratananukul,
Deputy Secretary-General Office of the Higher Education Commission, Thailand presented on "ASEAN Higher Education Research Clusters & ASEAN Citation Index (ACI): The Way Forward" at the 6th Meeting of Director-General/Secretary-General/ Commissioner of Higher Education in SEA Region, Amari Watergate, Bangkok, Thailand
Update on the development of the ACI
  • Funding support to establish ACI
  • Activities related to the establishment of ACI
  • The planned activities for the next step
  • Issues to be requested each member country for the ACI supports
The Planned Activities for the Next Step
  • Set up ACI Steering Committee
    • Comprise representatives from ASEAN member countries
    • To provide policy recommendations & guidance including the sustainability of the ACI.
    • Define journal selection criteria to be included in the ACI
    • Thailand by TCI/KMUTT is pleased to serve as ACI Coordinating Center
  • Input bibliographic records of some ASEAN journals for a trial in order to evaluate & test the database performance
May 22, 2012
Presenting a paper on the Workshop on "International conference on Journal Citation Systems in Asia Pacific Countries and Launching of MyCite", in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By Prof. Dr. Narongrit Sombatsompop, the Head of TCI Center
  • The presentation on the importance of ASEAN's scholarly publishing and the development of TCI, NCI and ACI at the workshop in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • The NCI and ACI concept received well response from the audience.
May 27, 2013
2nd Retreat Meeting on Higher Education between Brunei Darussalam and Thailand at the Centrepoint Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
  • The importance of the ACI database was presented to the executives of Higher Education Division and also the representatives of universities in Brunei Darussalam. The invitation to nominate 2 representatives to join the ACI steering Committee was also made to the delegation of Brunei Darussalam.
August 19, 2013
The 1st ASEAN Citation Index Workshop for Steering Committee was held in Bangkok. The meeting was chaired by Assoc.Prof. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee, M.D., Deputy Secretary-General, Higher Education Commission, Ministry of Education, Thailand. Agenda :
  1. Overview of the ACI
  2. Roles of the ACI Steering Committee
  3. Operation of the ACI database system
  4. Discussion and brainstorming session
    • The set up of the ACI Steering Committee
    • Terms of references
    • Journal selection process
    • Criterion for ACI journal inclusion
    • Journal de-selection process
    • Quality assessment for ACI journals
    • ACI sustainability: Budgeting and investments
    • ACI annual meeting
October 27, 2014
2nd ACI Steering Board Meeting
Will be held in Phuket, Thailand. The venue will be at Yamu and Panwa Room, 6th Floor, Holiday Inn Resort.
September 10, 2015

The 3rd ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) Meeting for Steering Committee Will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. The venue will be at Ploy Room, 11th Floor, the Hotel Windsor Suites & Convention.

Last updated 18 September 2015