The University of Northern Philippines through the University Research and Development Office (URDO) conducted a three-day research activity dubbed as the Training-Workshop for Reviewers Using Refereed Journal Standards on 9-11 December 2021.

The URDO, headed by its director, Dr. Edelyn A. Cadorna, initiated the training-workshop to capacitate the faculty to objectively review a research study for publication.

Dr. Ludito V. Ramirez, the Head of Journal Publication and Management Office of Southern Leyte University, served as the Guest Speaker. Topics discussed by Dr. Ramirez covered the what and why’s of peer reviewing, an overview of the review process, persons conducting reviews, the evaluation criteria, and guidelines on reviewing papers effectively.

During the Opening Program, Dr. Fatima F. Rocamora, Vice-President for Research and Extension, emphasized the significance of setting the bar of research quality higher, and that the University should sustain the desire to learn more and be better. She also added that being better means “we should be updated, motivated, and capacitated”.

UNP President, Dr. Erwin F. Cadorna, also pointed out that in order for the University to keep up with research trends in the context of globalization, the faculty need to be aware and become competent critics upholding caliber standards expected from reviewers of reputable journals.

The faculty researchers underwent activities in line with the intensive reviewing of full manuscripts. The activities conducted in the training aim to enable the participants to be more conscious of the quality standards and improve their research submissions.

The training-workshop is one of the initiatives of the URDO to continuously promote and sustain the growing research culture in the university.

Source: University of Northern Philippines- Public Information Office, University Research and Development Office, and Dr. Abigail Guerrero