Abrizah Abdullah

Professor at the Department of Library & Information Science, University of Malaya (UM)

Abrizah Abdullah was the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology University of Malaya (UM) from July 2017 to August 2019.  Prior to this, she served as the Dean of the Institute of Postgraduate Studies UM, where Abrizah and her team were responsible in managing the postgraduate education and ensuring the highest level of full research programme conducted in the university. She had ten-years secondary school teaching and administrative experience at the Educational Planning and Research Division (EPRD) Ministry of Education Malaysia, before joining the University in 2000.

Professor Abdullah graduated with a Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering from Temple University Philadelphia, and obtained her Masters and PhD degree both in Library & Information Science from UM. Her research interests focus on digital libraries, information behavior, scholarly communication and bibliometrics. She is a Senior Academic Associate at CIBER Research Ltd. UK and is currently involved in an international research funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation that investigates the scholarly communication behaviors of Early Career Researchers involving 8 countries (China, France, Malaysian, Poland, Russia, Spain, UK and USA). Her prior research group’s works on digital libraries, bibliometrics and scholarly communication led to the development of a Malaysian journal hosting platform MyJurnal and a national citation indexing system, MyCite, in 2011, where she was then appointed as the Deputy Director of the Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC) and the advisory panel of the MCC at the Department of Higher Education.

Professor Abdullah is the Chief Editor of the Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, which is indexed in both Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Scopus. She is an active author and reviewer of impact-factored journals in the area of Library & Information Science. She has also been invited to speak at various talks and seminars that promote the understanding of the role of scholarly publishing and its impact on research and teaching. She is currently a member of the Malaysian Open Science Alliance, under the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, chairing the Working Group on Capacity Building and Awareness, and newly appointed as a member of the Steering Committee for the International Science Council project on the Future of Scientific Publishing.

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