Starting a PhD by curating a “paper collection” part 1

The following post was motivated by my old habit when I was finishing my master and starting a PhD few years back. My school years was the start of internet era in my university, Institut Teknologi Bandung. It was 1999-2005. I pursued my master in 1999-2001, so it’s kind of the middle between “a non-url era” to “” time. I collected papers for my master thesis as well as preparing topics for my PhD. In those days my paper collection was literally a collection of papers, stacked on the corner of my desk. I will snap it and post it if I had time to visit my old desk.

That habit is going strong with more open repository site and research platform offering tools to build and curate paper collection. One of them is ScienceOpen (and perhaps more sites like this with different field of science), an open access research platform. This morning I added one more collection on that site, adding my previous Hydrology collection.

My new ScienceOpen collection is on Indonesia Family Life and Health Survey. It gathers papers, which mostly were built upon IFLS data set launched by RAND Corp. All of the papers are open access.

My motivation was to gain more knowledge current state of Indonesian family life and health, build a scientific network to explore Indonesia research landscape and as a basis for my future research on the role of continuing water supply to family health state based on IFLS data set. Hoping to learn more from the community and trigger more collaborations.

Thank you ScienceOpen for making this activity so easy and joyful. All early PhD students should do this to help them formulate a thinking framework and choose several topics. Here’s the link to the collection.



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My current focus is how to provide the hydrostratigraphy of volcanic aquifers in Bandung area. The research is based on environmental isotope measurement in groundwater and morphometry. My work consists of hydrochemical measurements. I am using multivariate statistical methods to provides more quantitative foundation for the analysis and more insight into the groundwater behavior, especially its interaction with surface water. I use open source apps like R and Python to do the job. In my spare time, I also have a side project to promote open science in Indonesia's research workflow. One of my current focus is promoting INARxiv, as the first preprint server of Indonesia ( and serving as ORCID and OSF ( ambassador. Research interest: Hydrochemistry, multivariate analysis, and R programming. Blog:, (