The Department of Science and Technology -Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) and global scientific publication aggregator Elsevier have jointly conducted a webinar on research training to almost 4,000 scientists and engineers from 26 countries.
The webinar entitled “Best Practices in Writing and Publishing Your Research Paper” was participated in by 3,936 scientists and engineers from the Philippines last Saturday, April 24.
The DOST-PCIEERD said the webinar “is a first of a series of workshops lined up for the renewed partnership between the DOST council and Elsevier in boosting the capabilities of the country’s science and technology (S&T) community.”
Johan Jang, customer consultant of Elsevier Southeast Asia, facilitated the webinar.
The council noted that Elsevier renewed DOST’s subscription to its peer-reviewed journals in October 2020, enabling three sectoral planning councils, two collegial and scientific bodies, seven Research and Development Institutes (RDIs) and six S&T service institutes and partner higher education institutions (HEIs) of DOST to continue accessing ScienceDirect, a leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature.
“This gives researchers access to around 16 million publications from over 2,600 journals, published by Elsevier and its society partners,” the PCIEERD said.
“The partnership also entailed a subscription to Elsevier’s Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature providing an overview of the world’s research output with smart tools to support the tracking, analysis and visualization of the global research landscape,” it said.
The other webinar participants came from the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, neighboring Asian countries like India, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Japan, and also from Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Albania, Egypt, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pitcairn, South Africa, and Uganda.
DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit cited the need for Filipino researchers and even teachers to have access to scientific information.
“If we are to increase our scientific productivity, we recognize the importance of putting at the center the needs of researchers, first and foremost,” he said.
“At DOST, we believe in focusing on helping researchers share their best work with more people, everyone benefits. But the “new normal” has shown that there are still plenty of ways to make publishing work better, for everyone, and not just for researchers,” he added.
Paringit also urged researchers to submit proposals to DOST-PCIEERD to partner among science communicators in the country.
He said they will start accepting research proposals in the council’s priority areas starting on May 3 until June 3, 2021.