Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 492. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com 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 > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org > > > > > 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 http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~el-sana/ _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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