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The Researcher’s Writeshop on ISI Publication was a two-day pre-event activity of the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) held last 22-23 July 2014 at the Paulo C. Campos Conference Room in NRCP, Bicutan, Taguig City for the celebration of the 2014 DOST National Science and Technology Week, themed Science Nation. The Writeshop got all the nods and praises from researcher-participants that include some research administrators and officials of the private and government colleges, universities, and research institutes.

Writeshop resource speakers were Dr. Maricar S. Prudente, Research Director of the De La Salle University Institute for Development and Educational Research with her colleague Dr. Socorro E. Aguja; both are seasoned technical writers with myriad of ISI publications. The Managing Editor of DOST Philippine Journal of Science, Ms. Maria Judith L. Sablan completed the triumvirate.

Participants were NRCP Associate and Regular Members with research expertise in the fields of Governmental, Education, and International Policies; Earth and Space Sciences; Medical Science; Social Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine. They represented their respective academic and research institutions namely: De La Salle University, Don Mariano Marcos State University; Mariano Marcos State University, Pamantansan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Siliman University, University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman, UP Manila, UP Los Baños, and UP Visayas – Tacloban Campus, and DOST Offices – CAR, NCR, and Los Baños,

This two-day Writing Workshop was designed for the NRCP members to appreciate better the internationally accepted standards in research writing. It also covered the principles and rudiments of scientific writing as well as strategies and crucial considerations in publishing research in peer-reviewed and high-impact journals.

One interesting feature of the writeshop was the hands-on activity where participants were asked to edit their on-going papers and studies according to ISI rules and format. ISI denotes Institute for Scientific Information, a world-leading bibliographic and citation indexing database managed by Thomson Reuters. Other leading citation and literature databases are Scopus by Elsevier, the Indian Citation Index, and Citeseer.

“Although many NRCP members’ technical papers are well-published and cited in high-impact journals; ISI publication remains intimidating and considered a great feat for some of the NRCP members, both new and seasoned technical writers,” explained Dr. Carina G. Lao, NRCP Executive Director.

Dr. Lao added, “When we empower our researchers to publish in peer reviewed journals, which would eventually index internationally for impact and quality, we would be directly contributing to country’s total annual research outputs. In turn, this would help upgrade the country’s R&D status and performance in world global competitive index.”

NRCP Corporate Secretary and Publication Committee Chair, Dr. Mildred A. Padilla said that this writeshop series is geared toward beefing up the NRCP Journal so that it could be indexed internationally in few years time.

She also commended the efforts of the members of the NRCP Secretariat for organizing and conducting the well-attended workshop. She even hopes that more similar writeshops be scheduled as soon as possible to encourage NRCP researchers to publish their studies, and thus create positive impact to our society.

The “Researcher’s Writeshop on ISI Publication” is first in a series of workshops organized and implemented by the NRCP - Research Information and Dissemination Division to contribute in the fulfillment of the council’s mandate, which is to promote and support research and advance scientific and technological programs addressing some national pressing and chronic problems.

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