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Humanist Archives: Dec. 14, 2019, 10:55 a.m. Humanist 33.492 - indexing non-Latin scripts

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 492.
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        Date: 2019-12-13 11:13:45+00:00
        From: Jihad El-Sana 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.490: indexing non-Latin scripts?

I do not see any problem in indexing other languages, especially the left
to right ones. For right-to-left languages, the text are usually reversed.
Scientific papers are usually indexed using keywords

On Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 10:26 AM Humanist  wrote:

>                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 490.
>             Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                    Hosted by King's Digital Lab
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>         Date: 2019-12-12 09:03:30+00:00
>         From: Miran Hladnik 
>         Subject: Indexing problems with non-Latin scripts
> The following will hardly spark sympathy among English speaking
> members of Humanist. But maybe it should, concerning that the word
> humanist indicates also a person respecting human dignity. It is about
> respecting other scripts and languages.
> Some months ago a Russian author in the journal I edit noticed that
> his paper hadn't been indexed by Elsevier Scopus. Being aware that
> articles and references in the Cyrillic script cause indexing problems
> with Scopus, the journal sticks to the instructions from the Scopus
> officials and transliterates every single Cyrillic entry into the
> Latin script. In spite of that the references were not indexed. I've
> intervened with Scopus. After a while I received the astonishing answer
> from the content account manager: The paper cannot be processed because
> the references are not in English! The new demand and the argument by
> Scopus sound like mocking: it would be unacceptable for a resarch
> paper to list the titles in a non-existing English translation instead
> of in original languages. Our journal publishes predominantly
> non-English papers, nevertheless it has been successfully processed by
> the same institution so far. The problem seems to be burning only
> regarding the use of the Cyrillic alphabet, which evidently disturbs
> some Scopus employees and raises suspicion, that someone is after
> expelling Russian out of the scientific community to maintain the
> dominance of English.
> I would appreciate your indexing experience with other languages and
> with non-Latin scripts, e. g. Hebrew or Greek. Apart from this, it
> seems necessary to tell, that in the times when every mobile device is
> capable of recognizing and translating a text of a deliberate script
> and language, the terror of English exercised by Elsevier Scopus is
> discriminating and indecent. -- miran hladnik
> (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miran_Hladnik)

Prof. Jihad El-Sana,
Department of Computer Science
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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