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Advancing Research: Mapúa MCM Faculty conducts Writeshop on Scopus-Indexed Publication

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao’s Office for Research, Development, and Innovation (ORDI)  held a Writeshop on Scopus-Indexed Publication last January 16 to 17, 2023, at the Mapúa MCM Auditorium for its High School and College faculty. 

The writing workshop aims to highlight the importance of research publication in career formation and advancement for the Mapúa MCM faculty. The school aims to publish research from its very own students and faculty in Scopus-Indexed publications.

Mapúa MCM faculty participating in the writeshop.

On the first day of the writeshop, insightful plenary topics were delivered by Dr. Alvin R. Caparanga,  the Dean of School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering and Sciences of Mapúa University, and Dr. Jennifer C. Dela Cruz, a Professor and Research Faculty of the Department of Electronics Engineering of Mapúa University.  They shared their expertise on topics such as the best research writing practices and how to refine and revise papers. Breakout lectures and writing sessions were also conducted for all of the college programs to help them effectively assess the quality of prospective papers for publishing.

On the second day were the presentations of Selected Journal-ready outputs per research writing group. The papers identified in the presentation were:

  • From Business, Marketing & Finance: Customer Relationship Marketing & Customer Retention Of A Rural Bank In Panabo City Basis For A Proposed Intervention Scheme.
  • A study conducted by the first batch of BA Communications & Multimedia Arts on the topic of Student Engagement Rating On Student Modality Used At The Height Of The Pandemic.
Dr. Alvin R. Caparanga delivering a seminar on research writing tips.

Dr. Gernelyn T. Logrosa, ORDI Head, noted how the faculty were able to convert the finished thesis of Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Bachelor of Multimedia Arts into publication-ready material during the write shop. She also highlighted the roles to play of advisors in identifying papers from their students that have the potential to be published research work.

The two presentations from the other writeshop groups were:

  • Knowledge And Skills Gained From The Psycho Education Program Towards Parents: Facilitating Final Diagnosis In Developmental Delay Amongs Their Children
  • Influence Of Oregano Extract And The Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Crystallization
    This prospective paper is aiming to be presented in a conference in August 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.

According to Dr. Logrosa, there is a diverse selection of papers, ranging from MA thesis, completed theses from Mapúa MCM graduates, and even an ongoing Capstone 1 paper. For Life and Natural Sciences, along with Marketing, Finance, and Accountancy, there are 8 target papers. For Basic and Applied Research on Health, there are 11 target papers. Lastly, from the Engineering, Architecture, and ICT Departments, there are 7 target papers.

A total of 26 identified target papers came from the writeshop event. Dr. Logrosa stated that what happens after the writeshop is what matters and that the teachers should coordinate with facilitators for the development of these papers until it reaches publication. 

Dr. Gernelyn T. Logrosa, Head of ORDI

Engr. Alejandro H. Ballado Jr, Mapúa MCM Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer commented that there is a research dissemination grant and incentive from Mapúa MCM and the institution will show full support in helping the research become published. It is the initiative of Mapúa MCM to give recognition and incentive grants for every published paper or output in Scopus index thru financial aid.

“The experience during the Writeshop, the lectures and advice, and the breakout sessions can provide a starting point in research and publication. In this regard, we are working to normalize the culture of research and publication among Mapúa MCM faculty and hopefully each faculty will be a co-author of a published research paper.”  Engr. Vince Montero, a facilitator from ORDI, shared.

He also added that the facilitators from ORDI are hands-on in assisting and monitoring co-faculties both in High School and the Colleges during the breakout sessions. Lastly,  Engr. Montero commented that “Effectively providing an environment where their research ideas can be heard, questions regarding research and publication can be answered, and negative views about research can be addressed.” 

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature including scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. It provides a comprehensive overview of worldwide research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. (source)