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OVCRD Co-hosts Elsevier 2013 Workshop for Journal Editors

by Narita EC de las Alas

The UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), in cooperation with Elsevier, held the Elsevier 2013 Workshop for Journal Editors last 24 April 2013 at the PhilStar Seminar Room 1, College of Mass Communication, UP Diliman. Dr. Wim Meester, Senior Product Manager of Scopus, was the workshop resource person.

The workshop acquainted the participants with the content coverage and journal selection process of Scopus. Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature maintained by Elsevier.

At present, there are 20,470 titles in the Scopus database, 95% of which are peer-reviewed journals. Overall, there are more than 50 million records (journal articles and other documents) in the Scopus database. Citation metrics are generated using the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) methodologies, which are different from the bibliometrics used by other citation databases. Dr. Meester emphasized, however, that bibliometricians agree that “there is no single bibliometric that can effectively capture the entire spectrum of research performance”.

Regarding Scopus’ journal selection process, Dr.Meester said that there are five minimum criteria that journals should satisfy before they can be endorsed to the Content Selection Advisory Board. These criteria are: 1) the journal should be peer reviewed; 2) its articles should have an abstract in English; 3) it should be published regularly; 4) all its references should be in Roman Script; and 5) it must have a publication ethics statement. Journals that meet these five criteria then undergo an evaluation process that involves an intensive examination of their editorial policy, content quality, citedness of articles and editorial board members, regularity of publication, and online availability.

On the average, about 47% of the journal titles submitted to Scopus for review pass the evaluation process. To date, there are only 26 Philippine journals indexed in Scopus. Only one of these – the OVCRD’s Humanities Diliman – is published by UP Diliman. The challenge, therefore, is to have more UP Diliman journals indexed in Scopus, as well as in other international citation databases.

Present during the workshop were editors/representatives of the following UP Diliman journals: Alipato, Asian Studies Journal, Daluyan, Humanities Diliman, Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature, Journal of Urban and Regional Planning, Kasarinlan, Philippine Journal of Labor and Industrial Relations, Plaridel, Review of Women’s Studies, Science Diliman, and Social Science Diliman. Representatives from other UP Constituent Units were also present, namely, Dr. Vicente Y. Belizario, Jr., Vice-Chancellor for Research of UP Manila; Dr. Juliana Baylon, Executive Editor of the Philippine Journal of Natural Sciences (UP Visayas); Prof. Charmaine Carreon (UP Cebu); and Prof. Aura V. Lacaste and Ms. Joan Serrano (UP Open University). Dr. Antoinette Bass Hernandez, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs of UP, also attended the event.

Dr. Meesterandparticipants

Dr.Wim Meester, the workshop resource person, is Scopus Senior Product Manager for the Academic and Government Markets Group and takes charge of the company’s content selection and content strategy

Group picture

Some of the workshop participants with Dr. Meester, RDUO-OVCRD Director Violeda Umali (center), Elsevier Customer Development Manager Lionel New of Elsevier (5th from left), and other representatives from Elsevier

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