To help faculty researchers transform their studies into publishable papers, the Bicol University Research and Development Center (BURDC) conducted the “Training on Writing Publishable Paper” at the Higher Education Regional Research Center amphitheater on March 28-30, 2017.
In his opening remarks, BURDC Officer-in-Charge Dr. Lester M. Narvaez explained the importance of publishing research outputs to help the university achieve SUC Level V status. He added that it is the responsibility of faculty researchers to publish their studies.
This was echoed by BURDC Prof. Carlos V. Cortez Jr. in his lecture “Status of Research and Publication in Bicol University (BU).” He said that 40 percent or 225 out of the 560 faculty members need to have research publications for the university to improve in the SUC levelling. He lamented that if past and present trends continue, BU may not achieve its research targets. Thus, he exhorted the participants to publish their studies.
Aside from the benefits BU will get from published research, BU R&D Journal Editor-in-Chief and BU Graduate School Dean Dr. Victor S. Soliman talked about the other advantages researchers will get out of publishing their studies. In his lecture “Why Publish Research Papers,” he said that other reasons for writing research papers are prestige, promotion, and productivity. He also urged the participants to publish at least one paper per year.
One important aspect of academic publishing is authorship because it affects prestige and promotion. In her talk “Manuscript Authorship and Acknowledgment,” BU R&D Journal Associate Editor and BU Center for Teaching Excellence Director Dr. Rebecca Rosario O. Bercasio discussed why authorship matters, who may be considered as author, and the benefits related to authorship. She also talked about group authorship and the order of authors if a paper was written by more than one person.
Bercasio also gave a lecture on evaluating the merits of a research paper. She informed the audience how peer reviewers evaluate the title, abstract, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion of a paper.
Narvaez continued the discussion in his talk on how to write papers that will be accepted by evaluators for publication. He provided pointers on how to construct the abstract, acknowledgment, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, and summary and conclusion.
More tips on research writing were given by former BU College of Agriculture and Forestry Dean Dr. Luis O. Amano in his lecture “Data Presentation.” He advised the participants to check the style guide of the journal, use tables and charts properly, and be consistent in formatting.
The last session was the lecture “Citation Style of the American Psychological Association (APA)” by BURDC Prof. Gremil Alessandro Alcazar Naz. He explained why the BURDC uses the APA style, particularly its sixth edition. He discussed the mechanics of in-text citations and the reference list, as well as the importance of complete and accurate citations.
The entire activity was coordinated by BURDC Prof. Janet Sabila Ibarreta, who said, “This training program is very important, but I am dismayed that only a few faculty members attended.”
There were 12 participants from the BU College of Arts and Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Polangui Campus, and Tabaco Campus. (Gremil Alessandro Alcazar Naz)