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.