Over the past twenty or so years, I have played several roles within the Korean scholarly communication arena, from professor and researcher to author and journal editor. In all of these roles, I have made it a priority to ensure that the medical and scientific research done by our faculty, staff and students can be found and read by researchers around the world.
In the summer of 2006, I was chairing the Committee of Information Management for the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE), when I received an email from Anurag Acharya suggesting that we work together to include KAMJE's KoreaMed platform within the Scholar index. When I introduced the idea to the Association's member-editors, they were delighted by the prospect of gaining more visibility for their journals. After a series of messages and close collaboration with the Scholar engineers, the articles hosted on KoreaMed were soon included in Google and Google Scholar. The relationship was so successful that we opened KoreaMed's full-text platform, Synapse, for indexing in Nov 2007.
With the successful cooperation of KAMJE and Google, Korean medical scholarship now reaches researchers worldwide. I have recently taken on a new role, a volunteer-consultant for the newly formed Korean Council of Science Editors (KCSE), which will try to do for all Korean scientific research what KAMJE has done for medical research. I look forward to working with the Council and our colleagues at Google to extend the reach of Korean scientific scholarship.
Posted by: Sun Huh, Professor of Parasitology, Hallym University