Sem-workshop on writing journal articles from academic papers held

Sem-workshop on writing journal articles from academic papers held

by Rex Godinez Ortega

 As it has dawned upon the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) that theses and dissertations should not be made to just sit out their existence in shelves after the students who wrote them have graduated, it decided to organize a seminar-workshop for both faculty and graduate students to introduce the concept of extracting several journal papers from one academic paper.

The CASS, through the editorial board of its official journal, Langkit, held a one-day Seminar-Workshop on How to Derive Journal Articles from Thesis/Special Project/Dissertation yesterday at the Institute boardroom.

“We want to utilize these academic papers so they can be published, and not just put them in shelves,”

Langkit Journal editor-in-chief and Department of English chairperson Dr. Nelia G. Balgoa said.

Balgoa believes that if the exercise is also taken as a collaborative effort between faculty and graduate student, it could increase the research output of the CASS.

The seminar-workshop featured a talk entitled, From Research Manuscripts to Journal Articles – A Personal Account given by retired IIT professor Dr. L.C. Sevidal-Castro.

Sevidal-Castro is one of the pioneering faculty members and administrators of MSU-IIT. She was the first dean of the School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) now known as CASS, and the immediate past editor-in-chief of the Langkit Journal.

 The workshop portion of the activity saw participants trying out their hand at “deriving” journal papers from an academic paper, and having these critiqued later in the afternoon.

 The critiquing part, according to Balgoa, was also very important as they had discovered that many faculty and graduate students still needed to learn how to write a several-paged journal article vis-a-vis the “big-book” -style thesis.

 “We want to capacitate them and arm them with the right skills so that they can improve the quality of their papers, and increase their chances of having these accepted for publication,” Balgoa said.

Topics : CASS  journals  thesis  langkit  dissertation  publications

IIT issues guidelines vs predatory journals

IIT issues guidelines vs predatory journals

by Rex Godinez Ortega, Office of the Chancellor

The advent of the Internet has changed the way and the speed at which faculty researchers get their academic papers published in scientific journals. But is ease of sharing research results – brought on by technology and the removal of many limiting conditions – everything?

 The Internet may have many benefits; however, according to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE), it also multiplied the dangers awaiting faculty researchers looking to publish their works.

 With the establishment of many virtual journals of questionable repute that are “incentivized to deceive,” many researchers who publish in these journals, aside from getting fleeced, also suffer damaging blows to their credibilities and reputations.

To protect MSU-IIT’s faculty from the “seedy side of open-access publishing”, and to prevent them from falling prey to predatory journals, the Institute issued Special Order No. 1790-IIT dated September 19, 2016 that provides the list of classifications of journals where they are encouraged to publish in.

“We are doing this because many of our faculty do not know or are not aware of the existence of these predatory journals, which are proliferating,” explained the Institute’s Director for Research Dr. Franco G. Teves. 

“We have started giving information regarding these journals, but to ensure no one gets victimized, we have to institute measures for everyone to adhere to,” Teves said.

Special Order No. 1790-IIT gives out the OVCRE-provided list that identified the journal classifications as, Thomson Reuters -Listed; Thomson Reuters (ISI) – Indexed; Scopus – Indexed; International-Refereed; and In-House. 

The In-House classification is taken to mean the two research journals of MSU-IIT, which are the Mindanao Forum (MF) and the Asia Pacific Journal on Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (APJSME).

Both are accredited by the Journal Accreditation Service (JAS) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

According to the Order, a publication is classified as Thomson Reuters -Listed when it is included in the Master Journal List and covered in the following searchable databases:



The Order also identified a journal as Thomson Reuters (ISI) – INDEXED when it is included in the Master Journal List and covered in the following citation indexes of the Web of Science® (formerly Web of Knowledge) in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities:

A journal is classified as Scopus – INDEXED when it is found in the Scopus abstract and the citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings, the Order said.

For International Refereed Journals, the Order emphasizes that such journals should be truly refereed (either single– or double– blind), and must be of international circulation with credible international line-ups of editorial board members and peer reviewers.

In addition, the Order requires the publications described as “internationally-refereed” to not display the characteristics of a predatory journal.

To guarantee that all Institute constituents publish their academic researches only in the given journal classifications, the Order makes it a condition to the granting of publication awards.

The Order is set to become effective by October 1, 2016. 

Topics : OVCRE  research  journals  guidelines