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Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman OVCRD Colloquium and Fair 2013 Program

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Social Science Diliman June 2013 issue is now available online!

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Social Science Diliman June 2013 issue is now available online!

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Humanities Diliman is now indexed in Scopus

by Narita EC de las Alas

Humanities Diliman joins the prestigious list of journals indexed in Scopus. The indexing starts with the June 2012 issue of the journal.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database maintained by Elsevier. The database contains almost 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Titles nominated for inclusion in Scopus are reviewed by an independent Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) composed of subject experts from all over the world. The rigorous review process employs both qualitative and quantitative criteria that are grouped into five main categories: journal policy, content, journal standing, regularity, and online availability.

Humanities Diliman is the first UP Diliman journal to be indexed in Scopus. It is a journal on arts and humanities in the Philippines published biannually by the University of the Philippines Diliman through its Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD). In their review of Humanities Diliman, the Scopus CSAB noted that: “The editorial policy, abstracts, homepage and many articles impress in this journal.”

Scholars in Philippine humanities are invited to submit papers for possible publication in Humanities Diliman. To access the submission guidelines, as well as the journal’s contents, please visit this link:


Public Lecture on Autonomy and Expectations: The Evolution of University Social Research Centers by Leland Joseph R. Dela Cruz

Narita EC de las Alas

The Third World Studies Center, in cooperation with the UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development and the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, present the public lecture on Autonomy and Expectations: The Evolution of University Social Research Centers by Prof. Leland Joseph R. Dela Cruz. In this lecture, Prof. Dela Cruz will present the findings of his study of nine university social research centers, namely, UP’s Center for Integrative and Development Studies; UP Diliman’s Third World Studies Center and Population Institute (UPPI); UP Los Baños’ Institute for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies; Ateneo de Manila University’s Institute of Philippine Culture; University of San Carlos’ Office of Population Studies; University of Santo Tomas’ Research Cluster for Cultural, Educational, and Social Issues; Xavier University’s Research Institute for Mindanao Culture; and De La Salle University’s Social Development Research Center.

The lecture will be held on 25 June 2013, Tuesday, 2:30-4:00 PM at the Third World Studies Center, Lower Ground Four, Palma Hall, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Prof. Dela Cruz is currently the Director of the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University and a doctoral student at the Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in UP Diliman.

More information about Prof. Dela Cruz’s lecture can be found here


Call for Papers: Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society

Plaridel May 2013

Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Media, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Vol. 10 No.2. August 2013)
Plaridel seeks articles that examine emerging representations of gender and sexuality in both traditional and new media. Research-based papers, criticisms and essays with a feminist and SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) framework are welcome. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged.

Submissions may include but are not limited to the following specific areas:

  •      Representations of diasporic women
  •      Media portrayal of the I in LGBTQI
  •      Transgenderism on media
  •      LGBTQ communities online
  •     Changing notions of femininity in media texts
  •     Changing notions of masculinity in media texts
  •     Domesticity and advertising
  •     Queer texts

Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail to

Special Issue on Media & the Diaspora (Vol. 11 No.1. February 2014)
No other nation arguably relies on remittances from its overseas citizens as much as the Philippines does. Initially intended as a stop-gap measure during the declining years of the Marcos regime (the same way it had worked for South Korea), the strategy of deploying local workers to take advantage of foreign employment opportunities transmuted into industrial-scale labor export, eventually becoming the country’s only viable means of production after the collapse of medium-scale industries brought about by neoliberal economic policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund in the wake of the late-1990s Asian financial crisis. Current World Bank data evince that although a few other countries (e.g. China or India) earn more from their own nationals who work overseas, these countries also support sizeable migrant-worker populations who in turn remit significant amounts of money to their home countries. Moreover, the income provided by these countries’ overseas workers enhances, rather than bolsters, their countries’ economic performance, in contrast with the Philippine situation.

The presence of diasporic Filipino communities in several countries all over the world constitutes a network of citizens with complicated and occasionally conflicted identities – nostalgic for home yet resentful at the reality that no feasible work opportunity can be found therein, setting up long-term familial arrangements in countries where they will remain alienated even from their own offspring, hoping for an end to a crisis condition as second-class citizens with the promise of betterment may lie in turning one’s back on a lifelong systems of beliefs and structure of feeling.

Plaridel invites media scholars to provide appraisals of media imaging, practice, and consumption among the Pinoy diaspora. Article proposals should be submitted electronically to the issue editor at <> no later than March 31, 2013. Any contribution will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt. Authors whose proposals are accepted should finalize their articles (maximum of 10,000 words including references and [a minimum of] notes, using APA style) on or before August 31, 2013, following a template to be provided by the editor. These articles will then undergo the standard process of blind peer review for academic journals.

Proposals should consist of no longer than a one-page submission, comprising the following: title of the submission; name(s) of the author(s); topic are of the submission; two or three keywords that describe the submission; mailing address(es) and e-mail address(es); and a single-paragraph description, no longer  than 150 words, of the prospective paper. For further inquiries, please contact the issue editor or Plaridel (email <>). The journal may accept a contribution in Filipino, but authors should be ready to provide or support the cost of a full professional translation in English.

Possible Topic Areas

  •     OFW images presented in media
  •     Early adoption of and adaptation to media: the “stateside” advantage
  •     Using the master’s tools: media as (anti-)crisis instruments
  •     Mediations of the imagined community: homes away from home
  •     Shrinking distances via social networking
  •     Overseas (non-Filipino) media practice in the Philippines
  •     Foreign media as a means of acculturation for diasporic populations
  •     Media outreach by embassies, non-government organizations, and/or host countries
  •     Letters to home: various means used by OFWs to correspond with the home country; also, issues that get raised in messages sent home


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.

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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

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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

April 2013 Program Research Assistant Hiring

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