Determined to generate greater impact and visibility for the knowledge produced by its various academic areas, and to align them with international standards, the University of Antioquia (Medellín, Colombia) is setting out to renew and establish relationships with universities across the Americas, Europe and Asia, so as to strengthen its processes for research and the social benefits gained through knowledge.
In keeping with this, its Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty has established an academic cooperation agreement with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, which will see the two of them co-direct and coedit Digithum, a journal of long-standing tradition at the UOC. The agreement however covers more besides this, with the potential for exchanges of teaching staff either virtually or in situ, exchanges of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the two faculties and, perhaps one of the most significant aspects, cooperation between various research groups from the corresponding academic areas. These collaborations enable bridges across the Atlantic and the formation of an extensive academic community interested in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, thus boosting the impact and visibility of the research work carried out.
This is important for Digithum in two ways, both in Colombia and across all of Latin America. Firstly there is the inclusion of the journal on CLACSO’s platform (Latin American Council of Social Sciences). This helps institutional relationships to be formed with other countries from the same continent, and increases both the journal’s impact and visibility and the social benefits gained through its knowledge; all of CLACSO’s book and journal productions are open access, and it encompasses 542 centres for research and postgraduate education in Social Sciences and Humanities in 41 countries across Latin America, the United States of America, Canada, Spain, France, Germany and Portugal.
Secondly, in Colombia Digithum is in the process of gaining official approval on the Publindex platform, part of Colciencias (the country’s administrative department of science, technology and innovation). This enables it to be recognized as high-impact journal and provides a platform for Colombian researchers to publicize their work abroad. Colciencias has recently updated its indexing and recognition policy, an improvement that will mean its Colombian publications meet the high standards that are required internationally.
Gilberto Díaz Aldana
Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia