Journal History

Marine Research in Indonesia (MRI) is a re-vamped Journal that has arisen anew from Penjelidikan Laut di Indonesiaâ, the first publication produced and organized by the Indonesian marine research institution called Penjelidikan Laut Djakarta (now Pusat Penelitian Oseanografi or Research Centre for Oceanography), LIPI. Initially appearing in 1956 this journal, written in English, was published irregularly and circulated mainly amongst Academia by journal exchange. The first issues contained results of oceanographic research in Indonesia and adjacent waters, written by several world-renowned Oceanographers, including Klaus Wyrtki who was Director of Marine Research at that time. These initial works delivered basic concepts on current patterns of the Indo West Pacific region. Rd. Engkoes Soeriaatmadja subsequently became the Director of the Institution from 1957 to 1960. Later on, one of the LIPI research vessels was named after him in his honour. Other important early contributors to the Journal were: A. Gordon, in collaboration with A. G. Ilahude, who established the Indonesian Throughflow concept (ARLINDO); Maxwell S. Doty from University of Hawaii who collaborates with  Indonesian institutions in marine science, and Sjarmilah Sjarif.

In 1963, Issue No 5, the name of the journal was changed to Penelitian Laut di Indonesia (Marine Research in Indonesia), as the institution's name altered to Lembaga Penelitian Laut Djakarta, Indonesia. At the time of Issue No. 6, 1963, the number of Indonesian oceanographers increased. They included Sujatno Birowo (who became the Director during 1969-1972), and A. G. Ilahude. Biosystematics studies also provided significant contributions to the Journal thereafter.  Researchers who have been past contributors include Raoul Serene (one of the foremost carcinologists in the world), K. Romimohtarto (who replaced S. Birowo as the Director during 1986-1993), S. Soemodihardjo and M. K. Moosa. In 1975 (Issue No. 14), biological research content started to develop further and not long after the Institute’s name was changed to Lembaga Oseanologi Nasional, one of the research centres of Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI). Pioneers in Indonesian marine biological studies included S. B. Martosewojo and M. Hutomo. Two years later (Issue No. 17, 1977), the number of the contributed manuscripts increased significantly, with more varied subjects/topics. However, Issue No. 29, 1995 was the final publication of what we call phase one of MRI.

After 10 years hibernating, MRI has re-emerged as phase two in a new format (Issue No 30, 2006). This revitalized journal now publishes twice per year. The main objectives are: revitalizing and developing Oceanographic and Marine Diversity Science for the Archipelago, a task that started 50 years ago, and, through publishing in English, to make the research available to a much wider audience. It is anticipated that this journal will make a valuable contribution to documenting Marine Research and Environmental Studies in the Indonesian marine domain and neighboring waters, a region that harbours the highest diversity of marine life in the world.